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I am committed to serving the people of Jewar: BJP’s Dhirendra Singh

BJP’s newly elected Jewar MLA Dhirendra Nath says he is committed to addressing the issues of his constituency

noida Updated: Mar 24, 2017 07:41 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
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After a few decades in the Congress, Dhirendra Singh(centre) quit the party and joined the BJP on January 8.(Sunil Ghosh/HT File Photo)

After a few decades in the Congress, Dhirendra Singh quit the party and joined the BJP on January 8. By March 11, he was voted in as the next MLA of Jewar after beating an experienced opponent.

This is the first opportunity for you to serve the people of your constituency in an official capacity. What will be the core issues you will focus on?

For the past 30 years, I have been committed to the cause of farmers and workers and have been raising my voice against corruption and against the exploitation of the people of Jewar, Bulandshahr and the whole of Gautam Budh Nagar. This is for the first time that the people of Jewar have officially elected me, and I will be committed to serving them.

For me, the core issues of Jewar are the need for an airport, setting up of a women’s college, providing employment opportunities and putting an end to farmers’ woes.

How will an airport benefit your ground-level voters given that they are unlikely to be able to afford air travel?

The issue is not related to air travel for them, but generation of employment opportunities for the youth. If we construct an airport in Jewar, it will create job opportunities for the people of NCR, thereby raising their standard of living.

Read more: Airport, closed mills and women’s college: Jewar MLA’s three priorities

Will Hindutva hardliner Yogi Adityanath’s appointment as the chief minister affect the Muslim voters in your voter base?

There is nothing wrong with Hindutva as the core message of Indian civilization and culture is peace. There are many Muslim families earning a living in Gorakhdham peeth where Adityanath is the priest. It is the duty of the chief minister to provide security to all sections of the society without any prejudice. I am committed towards my Muslim voters of Jewar constituency and they are strongly associated with me and my party.

Apart from politics and social work, how do you engage yourself in your free time? What are your hobbies?

While I don’t get sufficient time to follow my hobbies, I do like to listen to music and indulge in gardening.

What are your future goals after being chosen as an MLA? Are you planning to move out of your constituency for larger political pursuits?

My people from Jewar have sent me to Lucknow so that I can get development-related schemes and policies for them and solve their daily issues. Regarding larger political endeavours, that is a topic that belongs to the future.

First Published: Mar 22, 2017 23:42 IST