Saturday, January 8, 2011

Gurgaon gears up for war of wards

While the dates for first-ever municipal elections in Gurgaon are yet to be announced, political parties have already started preparing for their campaigns to get first first-mover advantage.

States main political parties like Congress, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) claim to have finalized the list of candidates for all 35 municipal corporation  wards.

While a full-fledged campaign is still to take-off, politicians are working round the clock to chalk out a winning formula. Considering the fact that migrants mainly hailing from neighboring states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Bihar form a majority of population in Gurgaon, political parties are trying to woo them while keeping locals happy.

Our focus areas would be Rajendra Park, Laxman Vihar and Surat Nagar where the migrant people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh live. Colonies like Rajiv Nagar and Prem Nagar are dominated by people from Rajasthan while most of the Punjabi population can be seen in areas like Bhim Nagar, Ram Nagar and Camp area. We have decided to fight the elections on our party symbol and will soon announce the list of candidates, said Kulbhushan Bhardwaj, state secretary and head, legal cell, BJP.

Leading state opposition party plans to show its strength in the upcoming elections. Part leaders believe that victory in Gurgaon could be symbolic gesture of the voters mood in Haryana.

Congress government and officials dont have the will to hold local elections in Gurgaon. If they so desire these elections can be held in a months time, said Gopi Chand Gehlot, senior INLD leader.

Residents, however, have some other wish list: No one knows what will ultimately emerge as main issue in these elections, but I hope politicians will focus on civic problems and development, said a Shushant Lok resident.

There are around 3.5 lakh voters in the 35 wards drawn by the MCG and there will be a total of 402 polling booths. Each booth will have around 800-1000 voters and in every ward there will be around 10,000-12,000 voters. We will hold a meeting on Wednesday to see if any changes are to be made. The meeting will be attended by all joint commissioners of MCG, said a senior MCG official.

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