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‘Rajnath an outsider,I am your man’

“I am not Rajnath Singh. I am Surendra Goyal. I walk on these streets every day and have served Ghaziabad for the last 38 years.”

Written by Pragya Kaushika | Ghaziabad |
March 18, 2009 11:25:27 pm

“I am not Rajnath Singh. I am Surendra Goyal. I walk on these streets every day and have served Ghaziabad for the last 38 years.” This is Congress candidate and sitting MP from Ghaziabad Lok Sabha constituency,Surendra Goyal’s mantra to the masses. He is pitted against the BJP’s national chief and is trying to turn the contest into a local versus outsider battle.

Starting his campaign at 6 am,the Congress leader does not forget to point out to local voters that the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister is an outsider and can desert them,while he has been serving the constituency for over 38 years. “I rose from a councillor to the Leader of the House in the local corporation,became an MLA and now I am an MP. The people of this constituency have faith in me and I have been able to serve them for the last several decades. They know whom to choose,” says Goyal.

Conscious of a changing demography of the once sleepy town,Goyal is quick to dwell on the development mantra,giving all credit for the infrastructure development to the Central government. “The Delhi Metro has come to Vaishali due to the efforts put in by Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy and me. We hope to soon bring it till the New Bus Stand in Ghaziabad so that the population of the growing city is better served,” he adds.

He claims the Central agencies are doing their best to improve the road and rail links too.

Taking a dig at the Mayawati government,he says only the state government can do something to improve the local law and order situation,traffic chaos and the lack of proper electricity supply. “The government needs to take these issues seriously so that the people of the city can lead a quality life,” says Goyal.

A political leader who maintains a low profile,Goyal is conscious of the fact that he is taking on the national chief of the saffron party and that the contest may change his political fortunes. He is confident of a win against Rajnath and claims that the Samajwadi Party has decided to support him in the polls with additional help.

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