For the Singhs,the upcoming municipal elections is a family thing. Three members of the family Surjeet Singh,his wife Sunita Rawat and aunt Anita Singh are in the fray this year. And each member is a crorepati in his or her own right.
The three are contesting on Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) tickets from three different wards of the East Corporation.
Surjeet is the sitting councillor from Mayur Vihar Phase-I,which has been reserved for women this year. As a result,his wife Sunita will be contesting from the ward and Surjeet will try his luck from Trilokpuri.
Anita is contesting from the womens seat of new Ashok Nagar.
Other than the Singh family,the Chandila family is also contesting this election from various wards. And this,too,is a family of crorepatis.
A Meghraj Chandilas movable and immovable assets add up to over Rs 5.5 crore,and his liabilities are Rs 4,28,108. He has a Congress ticket from Vishnu Garden,where he is a sitting councillor.
His wife,A Meenakshi Chandila,will be contesting from Khayala where she is a sitting councillor. His assets add up to around Rs 88 lakh.
Meghrajs father,Dayanand Chandila,is an MLA and his mother is a former councillor.
Meghraj is the owner of Chandila Plastics,and Meenakshis vocation is listed as cattle farming in her affidavit. We both go together or separately for campaigning depending on the requirement of the day. My father also goes with us. Our mobile numbers are available with 90 per cent of the people of the area. We are always among them and dont need to do anything special to win them over, says Meghraj,who has a criminal record for election brawl,and has been tried for house trespass and attempt to murder.
On the other hand,Surjeet Singh is also banking on the work done by him over the past five years to bag victory in this election.
Meri chhavi yahan pe aise hai ki log humare liye hi vote karenge (My image is such that people will vote for us), says Surjeet.
In fact,he is confident that the fourth seat in the constituency,Dallopura,will also go to his party. The UP elections will have no bearing in BSPs performance in Delhi. When we won 17 seats in MCD elections last time,BSP was not in power in UP then, he says.
According to him,these elections will be based on the personal touch,which is why he has hired a PR agency to find out just what the people of his area want. There might have been some shortcomings,which I want to find out. Therefore,I decided to hire a PR agency. This election is all about personal touch. I know that the main issues plaguing the people here are water and sewer lines and I will work towards that, says Surjeet. His office,near Sai Mandir in Mayur Vihar,has been built by his family.
The reason for him contesting in the polls,he says,is his desire to help people.
I am into property business and have a cable distribution company also. Bhagwan ki kripa se humare paas sab hai. Hum sab crorepati hain (By gods grace we have everything. We are all worth crores), says Surjeet.
The assets of all three family members add up to over a crore.
His wife,for whom this is the first stint in politics,says she knows the drill as she has accompanied her husband during campaigns in the past.
This is a great opportunity for women. Earlier,I used to campaign for my husband. Now,I will be campaigning for myself, says Sunita. The couple have three children. Their aunt,Anita,who is into yoga,claims that her brother-in-law has been closely related to BSP. I own a fitness center in New Ashok Nagar, she says.