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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Trans-Hindon high-rises want candidates to put promises on paper, duly signed

Of the five segments, the Sahibabad segment comprises Sahibabad, Indirapuram, Vasundhara, Kaushambi, Vaishali and Khoda and has the highest number of voters, nearly 9.08 lakh. Hence, this segment often decides the fate of candidates.

lok sabha elections Updated: Mar 15, 2019 11:25 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: The Ghaziabad parliamentary constituency has nearly 27.15 lakh voters, as per the draft publication of electoral rolls on January 1.(HT File Photo)

The contesting candidates in the upcoming general election campaign will face a challenging task seeking votes from the trans-Hindon areas of Sahibabad. The office bearers of the association of federation of apartment owners (Fed-AOA), which has 112 high-rises as members, said they will seek affidavits from candidates mentioning specific timelines for their promises on development works.

The Ghaziabad parliamentary constituency has nearly 27.15 lakh voters, as per the draft publication of electoral rolls on January 1. The parliamentary constituency is slated to go to polls in the phase 1 of the general elections on April 11. It has five assembly segments of Loni, Muradnagar, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad and Dhaulana (part).

Of the five segments, the Sahibabad segment comprises Sahibabad, Indirapuram, Vasundhara, Kaushambi, Vaishali and Khoda and has the highest number of voters, nearly 9.08 lakh. Hence, this segment often decides the fate of candidates.

“Our areas have different pending issues. This time, we have planned to seek affidavits from candidates. They will be requested to give clear timelines for getting the promised development works complete. This affidavit will be used to remind them of their promises. In case they fail to complete works as per the timelines, we will file PILs like we have done in the past,” Alok Kumar, president of Fed-Aoa, said.

The 112 high-rises that are part of Fed-Aoa are located in Indirapuram, Crossings Republik, Vaishali, Vasundhara and Raj Nagar Extension. The federation members estimate that they have around 80,000 to 90,000 voters in the 112 high-rises, considering that each high-rise has an average of 400 flats, with minimum two voters per flat.

On previous occasions, the federation or its members have filed several PILs over issues of sewerage/drainage in Indirapuram, removal of illegal advertising, removal of commercial establishments from residential areas, adherence to land use besides other petitions related to the UP Apartment Act and Real Estate Regulatory Act.

“If candidates don’t give us affidavits, we will opt to press NOTA (none of the above) option in the EVMs. There are issues which trans-Hindon areas are facing. Our areas still lack government hospitals, central schools, old age homes, public libraries, government orphanage, etc. The prospective candidate must look into our demands,” he said.

The Fed-Aoa has also asked its members to follow a 10-point questionnaire for voters to gauge candidates.

“The candidate should have information about the constituency, procedures to achieve development work, requirement of area besides knowledge about policy implementation, judicial system and grievance redressal. (S)he should be able to devise a local meeting system with residents and officials concerned for timebound completion of development works,” DK Maurya, president of Niho-Scottish Garden, Indirapuram, said.

“There are many high-rises which have more than 1,000 to 2,000 flats. The candidate can always ignore us but we will spread the word. It will lead to a bad perception about him/her among other voters,” Kumar said.

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First Published: Mar 15, 2019 11:25 IST