BJP candidate for Maktampura ward Mustufa Vora, along with other candidates, took out a rally in the locality on Sunday. The rally consisted of motor bikes and auto-rickshaws with party flags atop them. Vora, also called Lalabhai, is the brother in-law of Congress councillor Roshanben Vora.
The rally, which was the first major BJP show in the area, began at 12.15 pm from Gandhi Hall and covered parts of Fatehwadi tower, Vejalpur, Sankalit Nagar and Sonal Cinema. Abhay Vyas, a candidate who could not join the rally because of a fractured leg, said “The task is difficult but we hope, since our panel is contesting on a development agenda, we will get through”. In the absence of Vyas, Vora was overseeing the arrangements with the help of some other volunteers.
Maktampura ward has 75,000 voters. Of these, Muslims comprise 80 per cent (about 60,000) and Hindus 12 per cent (about 9,000), Vora said. There are no pockets of mixed population. The ward covers areas as far as Vanjar, Kamod, and Bakrol villages, Vejalpur, Sankalitnagar, which constitute parts of Juhapura, besides Narimanpura and Fatehwadi, one of the most neglected areas in terms of roads and drainage network.
“Nothing has been done by Congress councillors so far, Our problems of water, drainage, and road have remained unresolved, so why support the Congress. I joined the BJP recently, after losing trust in the Congress,” said Banubibi Pathan, a party member. “Why not give the BJP a chance to develop the area this time?,” asked a Fatehwadi resident. Vora, a builder by profession, laments that projects like Kankaria Lake Front or gardens or good roads don’t happen in areas like Sarkhej and Maktampura.
“Whenever I find the need for them, I set up basic facilities around my housing schemes with my own money,” he said. “I have worked with the Congress in the past but found it useless, The Congress councillors have failed to get any thing done. So, why not join the BJP and pressurise the party and government to do good projects for the area,” he said.