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Political parties attempt to woo voters in colonies

The run-up to the Lok Sabha elections is witnessing leaders of political parties lining up at the colonies with the aim of strengthening their vote bank.

The run-up to the Lok Sabha elections is witnessing leaders of political parties lining up at the colonies with the aim of strengthening their vote bank. While the Congress has been holding public meetings in the colonies,where it received a drubbing in the municipal elections,the BJP leaders too are making inroads by taking up issues affecting the colonies.

Senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan chose to hold his birthday celebrations at Colony Number 5,a day after Congress MP Pawan Kumar Bansal held a public meeting in the area. The long-pending demands of the colony dwellers are being discussed by the leaders of all parties.

The Congress has,over the past few weekends,been holding public meetings in several colonies. A meeting was held on Sunday at Hallomajra. The area is in the midst of controversy over provision of basic facilities at Deep Complex,which was regularised before the elections in 2009,but the decision was reverted after the elections.

Both the BSP and the Congress have been involved in a tussle over this. The BSP leaders have met the UT Administrator several times for getting basic amenities for the area. The agenda for this was brought to the meeting of the MC House. BSP councillor Jannat Jahan,who is the area councillor,protested,stating that credit was being given by the Congress to Bansal for work that she got approved.

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During a public meeting organised on Sunday at Hallomajra,Pawan Bansal said that he had taken up the issue of early execution of laying down water supply and sewerage system at Deep Complex with the Administration.

Bansal further stated that he had taken up the issue related to building bylaws with the Administration. For the old houses in all villages inside or outside abadi which had been built a decade ago,yards bylaws should not be enforced. Also,the draft rules laid down for building plans for vacant plots should not be less than 50 sq yards.

Dhawan had meanwhile taken up the issue of rehabilitation of the colony dwellers. He has demanded that instead of one-room tenements being given,they should be given two-room flats.

Another rally was held by the Congress on Sunday at Adarsh Colony,Sector 56. Addressing the gathering,Bansal said that the colony dwellers have already been given permission for construction of a second floor and to run commercial activities at the ground floor.