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Wazirpur

Wazirpur, the constituency of late Delhi minister Deep Chand Bandhu, is considered to be a Congress stronghold. Bandhu won the seat in 1998 by a margin of around 15,000 votes and his political work over the years catapulted the Congress to a strong position.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2003 14:06 IST

Wazirpur, the constituency of late Delhi minister Deep Chand Bandhu, is considered to be a Congress stronghold. Bandhu won the seat in 1998 by a margin of around 15,000 votes and his political work over the years catapulted the Congress to a strong position.

Overlooking the claims of the late minister's son, Anil Bandhu, the party has given the ticket to Rattan Jain, a teacher in Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of Delhi University. A disgruntled Bandhu had initially decided to contest from the area as an independent candidate. He, however, withdrew his nomination later making things easy for the Congress.

The BJP has fielded former Delhi BJP president Mange Ram Garg. He has been associated with the RSS for a long time and looked after the party's state affairs before Madan Lal Khurana took over.

Jain says that the incomplete work and the vision of Deep Chand Bandhu would be fulfiled if the Congress was voted back to power. He wants to increase the educational standards of the poor people of the area and says a partnership of the government with the NGO's will be encouraged for desired results. "Some seats in public schools will also be reserved for the poor sections of the locality," said the professor.

Garg, on the other hand, points out the poor standards of health, hygiene, education, roads, parks, sewerage and all other infrastructure of the locality. The constituency comprise Ashok Vihar, Shastri Nagar, Swan Park, Wazirpur village and the industrial complex and JJ colonies. The 1.25 lakh electorate is mostly dominated by Vaishes and Jats.

According to Garg, the lack of co-ordination between the various government departments in the area has left the constituency where it was 25 years ago. His priorities include opening educational institutions, hospitals and amenities for the JJ colonies. In this context, Jain's agenda is not much different from Garg's. "Hospitals and improvement of educational standards," he said were his priorities.

But why would the people vote for them when they have a similar ideology? Garg is banking on the image of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to bail him out while Jain is hoping that the developmental work of the Sheila Dikshit government will help his cause.

First Published: Nov 28, 2003 14:06 IST