There might still be time for the Lok Sabha elections,but in the run-up to the D-day,leaders have started projecting themselves as the candidates. Visits to the officials along with different sections of societies to get their problems solved have started more earnestly and a race is on to seek credit for work being executed.
Among the leaders who have become very active prior to the elections is senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan. He has actively been visiting officials and taking up issues of the city residents,primarily those that belong to the slum and colony dwellers.
Recently,Dhawan held meetings with the Home Secretary and Municipal Commissioner demanding that the sanitation workers be given proper equipment like gloves and masks in order to ensure that they work in a healthy environment.
Earlier,he had met the Deputy Commissioner to demand that the slum dwellers be given two-room flats instead of one-room tenements as is being done. In fact Dhawan has been raising the issue in different colonies and slums that he is visiting,asking the residents to refuse to accept the one-room tenements that have been constructed. A visit to the IG to highlight the deteriorating law and order situation was also made.
While the BJP is yet to officially decide on a candidate,Dhawan has also challenged the local MP Pawan Bansal that only he can defeat Bansal. Dhawan has claimed that it was due to his support that Bansal won in 1999.
Meanwhile,the race to seek credit for work being executed is also on. This led to disruptions in the meeting of the General House of the Municipal Corporation. The opposition,including the BJP and BSP,claimed that the Congress was trying to take credit for the work in all wards. It created a ruckus when a Congress councillor tried to give credit to Bansal for installation of commercial and domestic meters separately in colonies. BSP councillor Jannat Jahan also accused the Congress of taking credit for work that she,with the support of BSP leaders and the UT Administrator,got moving.