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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Delhi locals question AAP MLA as their Lok Sabha aspirant seeks votes

Locals raised issues of unemployment, irregular water supply, choked drains and broken streets. MLA Sukhbir Singh Dalal, however, said that he regularly visited his constituency and was actively addressing the issues of the voters.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 30, 2019 06:16 IST
Ashish Mishra
Ashish Mishra
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Gugan Singh claimed he knew the area and its problems, and would do a better job as MP.
Gugan Singh claimed he knew the area and its problems, and would do a better job as MP.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
         

The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) candidate from North West Delhi constituency Gugan Singh’s campaign on Monday took an unexpected turn in Tatesar village near Kanjhawla when a group of over 20 women began questioning the party’s MLA Sukhbir Singh Dalal for allegedly not visiting the village even once after winning the assembly election in 2015.

Dalal, AAP legislator from Mundka assembly constituency, was accompanying Singh. After Singh finished his speech and Dalal began to speak, some women in the crowd interrupted the MLA and questioned his absence from the area.

They raised issues of unemployment, irregular water supply, choked drains and broken streets. Dalal, however, said that he regularly visited his constituency and was actively addressing the issues of the voters.

Singh had to wind up the campaign and leave without interacting with the women voters.

Singh, 70, is pitted against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Hans Raj Hans and the Congress’s Rajesh Lilothia — a two-time MLA.

Singh had won from Bawana on BJP’s ticket in the 2013 assembly election. He had contested again in the 2015 assembly elections but lost to AAP candidate Ved Prakash. Singh switched sides in 2017 and joined AAP when the BJP denied him a ticket during the Bawana bypoll.

“My two young graduate sons are sitting idle but the AAP government did nothing to generate jobs. During his campaign in 2015, Dalal had promised to provide jobs to youths but he did not care to visit the village even once after the 2015 assembly elections,” alleged a village resident, Sunita, who refused to give her last name.

Another resident, Anand Prajapati, said Dalal did nothing for the village. “The streets are broken, the drainage needs fixing and some pockets don’t even get regular water supply,” he said.

Dalal said those complaining against him were “BJP supporters”. “I keep visiting the village. Several works such as the renovation of physical centre are being done though my MLA-LAD funds. Those must be the BJP people.”

Singh started his campaign from Karala village and ended in Kanjhawla, reminding voters the BJP and the Congress had fielded “parachute candidates” who had no idea of problems in the area.

“I am like someone among you. I know the area and the problems and I will work for you. If AAP wins all the seven seats, full statehood to Delhi is certain, which will automatically solve many of the city’s problems. Please think before you vote,” Singh said in Nizampur village.

First Published: Apr 30, 2019 06:16 IST

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