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BSP candidate ploughs through 30 villages a day,connects with farmers

Trekking through the rural areas of Gurgaon parliamentary constituency,devoid of basic infrastructure,BSP candidate Chaudhury Zakir Hussain centred his campaign around the problems of farmers.

Written by Tanushree Roy Chowdhury | Nuh |
May 1, 2009 2:34:31 am

Trekking through the rural areas of Gurgaon parliamentary constituency,devoid of basic infrastructure,BSP candidate Chaudhury Zakir Hussain centred his campaign around the problems of farmers.

Mewat,barely 50 km from Millenium City,forms a part of the newly-constituted Gurgaon parliamentary constituency.

Former Haryana minister and the late Meo leader Tayyab Hussain’s son,Zakir Hussain,who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Gurgaon parliamentary constituency,visited 30 villages on Thursday.

The district has three out of the nine Assembly constituencies in the newly-formed Gurgaon parliamentary constituency with a little over three lakh voters. The region also has a significant and sizable Meo Muslim population.

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The Meo leader began his campaign from Sohna at 8 am. He reached Basai village in Mewat district at 10.45 am where 200 villagers had gathered under the scorching sun in the village school. He was welcomed with garlands and offered money for the party fund.

“Our school is closed for a few days,” said a smiling Meer Bano,a sixth grader from the village school. Addressing the crowd,Hussain said: “The Hooda government is going around telling everyone that they have waived off loans worth crores for farmers. In the past few months,however,I have travelled across 1,300 villages,but not come across a single person who said that his loans had been waived off.” The BSP candidate next halted at Karauli village,10 kilometres away. Going around 50 villages a day,the Meo leader keeps Sualin tablets handy to soothe his vocal chords.

“I’ve visited thousands of villages in the past one year since I joined the BSP. All rural regions have similar problems. The villages here have no water for irrigation. There is large-scale unemployment and the village lacks basic amenities like a rail link even though it is hardly 100 km away for the Capital,” said Hussain. Asked whether the adverse weather acted as a deterrent in his campaign,Hussain said: “I work through all seasons of the year. It does not matter to me.”

On what he ate during the day,he said: “If I’m lucky I get to eat roti-sabzi,else I make do with tea and cold drinks.”

Till recently,Hussain had held the post of president,Congress Committee,and Mewat was a member of the AICC. “I resigned from the post a year-and-a-half ago since I did not approve of the lopsided developmental plans of the government,” said Hussain.

About what prompted him to join the BSP,Hussain said: “I liked the way Mayawati promoted the weaker sections of the society.”

The previous government built the 40-km-long Benarasi canal in 2004 to ensure the supply of Yamuna water for farming in this rain-fed agriculture belt.

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