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In Walled City,Amar Singh draws crowds,fails to impress

After a campaign that failed to register its presence in the Capital,the Samajwadi Party finally went all out on Monday and took out a grand procession in the heart of Chandni Chowk’s Matia Mahal area,a Muslim-dominated area.

Written by Mandakini Gahlot | New Delhi |
May 5, 2009 2:25:44 am

After a campaign that failed to register its presence in the Capital,the Samajwadi Party finally went all out on Monday and took out a grand procession in the heart of Chandni Chowk’s Matia Mahal area,a Muslim-dominated area.

Party general secretary Amar Singh showed up to campaign on behalf of Suhail Ahmed Khan,the party’s candidate from the Chandni Chowk constituency. Even as the procession made its way down the long,winding lanes of Old Delhi,the voters Singh was trying to woo were clearly unimpressed. Most residents,even though they came out to view the procession,said their vote would go to the Congress.

“I don’t know anything about Amar Singh but I have seen him on television. We have never heard of their candidate,Suhail Ahmed Khan,and as far as polling goes,I am definitely casting my vote in favour of the Congress,” 20-year-old Imtiaz Ali said even as he accompanied the procession all the way.

“We are used to a lot of people coming here during elections to ask for our vote but once the elections are over,they just disappear. Look around,we live in complete chaos and no one has ever done anything about it. I,however,believe that if I vote for the Congress,at least I won’t be persecuted because of my religious beliefs,” Mohammad Sharif (62),who runs a restaurant in Matia Mahal,said.

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As far as it is concerned,the Samajwadi Party is hoping to cause a minor stir in voting patterns not only in Chandni Chowk but all over Delhi. Having fielded candidates for all seven seats,the party says its main aim is to establish its presence in Delhi. “We know we are weak in Delhi but we want to carve out a space for ourselves,” Shyam Gambhir,Delhi Samajwadi Party president,said.

Amar Singh,whose interaction with the voters was limited,spent the better part of an hour talking to media persons. “We do not have any differences over the candidature of Dr Manmohan Singh. But we cannot guarantee it. UPA leaders will decide on who should be the Prime Minister,” Singh said in response to a question on whether he endorsed Manmohan Singh’s candidature as the UPA’s prime ministerial candidate.

Singh attacked the Prime Minister for his “defence of the CBI” in the Quattrochi case. “The CBI can let off Quattrochi,and give a clean chit to Sajjan Kumar,Sunil Sharma,and Jagdish Tytler but in the case of Mulayam Singh,who is not involved in any case,the PM has no concern,” Singh said.

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