In the state cape polling fray, two sitting directors of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation and a former director show they have an advantage over other candidates as they are armed with a better understanding of the situation on the land and the problems faced by the inhabitants. Among the incumbent corporators of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation, Rajneesh Gupta of the BJP is competing from Lucknow Central. Gupta is a quadruple corporator from Yahiyganj district in the state capital. Mamta Chaudhary, who is contesting the election of Mohanlalgnj Assembly Constituency Assembly on a Congress ticket, is a corporation from Malviya Nagar ward.
Former Motilal caporator Nehru Nagar Charanjeet Gandhi is in the polls fray from Lucknow cantonment headquarters on an SP ticket. His wife is currently corporator of the Motilal Nehru district. Speaking to PTI, Chaudhary said, “If a corporator becomes an MP, he/she knows the situation on the ground of the locality and the whole neighborhood, and therefore can solve people’s problems.” “The biggest problem in Mohanlalganj is that none of the previous state governments had built a university for women. As a result, girls’ education has suffered. This despite the fact that the local MP for Mohanlalganj is from the BJP,” she said.
“The BJP has not built any community marriage halls in Mohanlalganj,” she said, adding that the supply of clean water would be a challenge for her. She expressed her confidence that Congress will create surprises in the 2022 Assembly elections.
Gupta said the BJP will win over 300 seats in the ongoing assembly elections and will continue to serve the people with its mantra of “sabka saath, sabka vishwas”. He added that being a corporator makes it easy to understand people’s problem and accordingly design a step to solve it. A corporal knows the topography of the area well and will take less time to adapt to the needs of the hour.
“Resolving the problems of traffic jams and congestion, which occur in the region mainly due to the narrow lanes, is my priority,” he said. Similar opinions were also expressed by Gandhi, who believed that the experience of business leaders in dealing with the problem of the people would certainly help them to solve the misfortunes of the public. He also said their experience contesting elections and then working for the public virtually throughout the day gives them an edge over other candidates. Maithli Sharan Gupt Caporator ward Dilip Srivastava, who campaigns for Gupta, said, “People’s day-to-day problems, caporators have accumulated significant experience. And, it should gradually help them address public issues on a broader level.”
Lucknow will vote in the fourth phase of Assembly elections on February 23. Srivastava notes that former Minister of State Lalji Tandon and current Minister Mahendra Singh both served as corporators in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma served as mayor of Lucknow twice.
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