Samajwadi Party names Surendra Munni as alliance candidate from Ghaziabad
Munni, like his father late Prayerlal Sharma, was a former Congress loyalist but later joined the SP. He is also the present district president from Ghaziabad for the SP.Updated: Mar 16, 2019 09:09 IST
The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Friday declared the names of its candidates for five more Lok Sabha seats, including Ghaziabad. The party has decided to field three-time former MLA Surendra Kumar alias Munni to contest the upcoming general elections from Ghaziabad.
Munni, who belongs to Brahmin community, is now a candidate for the alliance formed by the SP, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). The SP-BSP alliance has decided to field an SP candidate from Ghaziabad seat while the Gautam Budh Nagar seat will be contested by a BSP candidate.
Munni, like his father late Prayerlal Sharma, was a former Congress loyalist but later joined the SP. He is also the present district president from Ghaziabad for the SP. The 63-year-old leader said that he will have a tough fight with the contenders from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other parties.
“The main issues in this election are development and rising crime. Though Ghaziabad has MP, MLAs and mayor from the ruling party (BJP), the city has lagged behind in development, besides concerns of rising crime. Since I am a candidate of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, I am optimistic that supporters of the three parties will help me win,” Munni said.
A resident of Kallupura in old Ghaziabad, Munni is an arts graduate and a popular figure among locals.
“Being a local person will also help me in the election. I had been vouching for long that the MP should be a local who knows in and out about development and requirement of the city,” Munni added.
Sources in the Congress party said that they have already sent seven-eight names of different prospective candidates, mostly Brahmins and all locals, to the party leadership for Ghaziabad.
Munni has been nominated as a contestant for the parliamentary elections for the first time in his political history. In the past, he has contested different assembly elections and won in 1980, 1989 and 2004 (bypoll).
He had also contested in 2012 from Congress-RLD combine ticket, but lost. He later joined the SP ahead of 2017 assembly polls, but could not secure a ticket from Muradnagar assembly seat. The party gave ticket to former Congress MP Surendra Prakash Goel.
Several names were doing rounds and many local leaders had approached the SP leadership for ticket from Ghaziabad. “There is no competition now. The ticket has been decided. I am confident that every colleague whose name was proposed and could not get ticket will help me win. The any debate over ticket distribution is over now. We will focus on strengthening the booth level workers,” Munni said.
First Published: Mar 16, 2019 09:09 IST