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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Supporters use marigold charm to help Congress’s Maken win again

“On May 12, you all will have to decide whether you want a representative who has no time to listen to your woes or you want someone who is going to be at your service 24x7,” Maken said the Karol Bagh meeting.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 13:04 IST
Sweta Goswami
Sweta Goswami
Hindustan Times, NEW DELHI
Congress,Ajay Maken,New Delhi
Making sealing one of his key poll plank, the two-time MP from the New Delhi seat reminded people of his time as the union urban development minister.(HT Photo)

Seventy one-year-old Hoshiar Singh was busy decorating a big weighing scale with marigold garlands while a group of around 150 residents at Karol Bagh’s Sat Nagar waited for Congress’ New Delhi candidate Ajay Maken on Sunday evening.

“We will weigh Maken ji (Ajay Maken) against coins. It is a superstition, but former Karol Bagh MLA Madan Khorwal had won the assembly elections in 2008 when he had sat on this weighing scale while campaigning then. We hope with this Maken ji’s fortunes will turn around and he once again becomes the MP of New Delhi Lok Sabha seat,” said Singh, a Congress supporter, who organised the public meeting at Karol Bagh on Sunday evening.

Minus the slogan chanting supporters and minus the noise, the former union urban development minister’s campaign has been mostly about small public meetings for which he arrives with just two people in his personal car.

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“On May 12, you all will have to decide whether you want a representative who has no time to listen to your woes or you want someone who is going to be at your service 24x7,” Maken said the Karol Bagh meeting.

Making sealing one of his key poll plank, the two-time MP from the New Delhi seat reminded people of his time as the union urban development minister. “It is not that this sealing issue is new. Such a monitoring committee dates back to March 24, 2006. Fortunately, at that the union urban development minister at that time was Ajay Maken. Within one month, we brought out a rule and locked the ghost of sealing for the rest of our tenure,” he said.

Even as many people raised hands to ask questions to the Congress leader, Maken left this venues without taking the questions. Maken’s tenor was similar at the meeting he held at Jangpura prior to reaching Karol Bagh. “If the government cannot provide jobs, it has no right the means of livelihood of people. During my time, I had notified about 3000 streets as commercial and after that not one street has been notified ever since. I got more than 170 amendments to the Delhi master plan to help traders. You must remember all this while you vote,” he said.

In his speeches, Maken avoided taking direct jibes at the sitting BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who is contesting for her second stint from the same seat. He also never mentioned the Aam Aadmi Party or its candidate Brijesh Goyal in his interactions with the people, giving a clear indication that the Congress considers BJP as its main rival.

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 13:04 IST