Candidates of all political parties put up their best shows to woo voters in Ghaziabad on Tuesday. General V K Singh, former army chief and BJP candidate, released his manifesto for the constituency. He alleged his party had discovered 2.6 lakh “fake voters” in Ghaziabad and had complained to the election commission.
Singh is up against AAP’s Shazia Ilmi, BSP’s Mukul Upadhyay, Congress’ Raj Babbar and SP’s Sudhan Rawat.
Singh’s manifesto focussed on local issues, particularly on development of the city and improving the law and order situation.
Asked how, if voted to power, he would be different from Rajnath Singh, he said, “Rajnath Singh had passed projects worth Rs 650 crore for developing Ghaziabad. But for some political reason, these projects didn’t see the light of day. Things will be different now because we believe that our government will be at the Centre,” he said.
Upadhyay addressed a number of gatherings, while his supporters fanned out in the constituency. His campaign focused on development. He claimed Rajnath vacated the constituency as he knew he would lose. “We have worked very hard over the past month. I think Ghaziabad will vote for me,” he said.
Ilmi, who with assets worth over Rs 29 crore is the richest candidate in Ghaziabad, held a roadshow on Tuesday morning. She had previously termed the trend of Army personnel entering politics as “alarming”.
Raj Babbar campaigned in Lonia, Ikramangar and Mustafabad — the least developed areas of Ghaziabad. “There has been no development here since the BJP came to power. If I am voted to power, I will change the face of Ghaziabad,” he said.
Rawat took out a motorcycle rally with hundreds of supporters. Armed with party flags, the bikers began the rally from Lohia Nagar and fanned out into the city. “The people of Ghaziabad have decided not to vote for an outsider. They will vote for me,” he said.