Dahisar assembly constituency is one of the six in Mumbai North region. Touted as one of the fastest growing suburbs, Dahisar Assembly constituency comprises of 80 percent of its voting population equally divided between Gujarati and Marathi voters.The constituency is known as a Shiv-Sena BJP pocket for a majority of Gujarati and Marathi voters. Congress Candidate from the constituency, Sheetal Mhatre, tells The Indian Express that no remarkable development in the constituency in the five-year tenure of Sena sitting MLA, would turn voters towards Congress. Excerpts:
What is the biggest issue of your constituency and what are the issues you will focus on if elected?
The biggest issue of the constituency was the sitting MLA who did nothing for the constituency in his five years tenure. Dahisar and Borivali belt is known for its greenery, which is almost on the verge of depleting. The Dahisar river is in a sad condition. I want to restore the greenery. And I want to work towards developing the constituency and get Dahisar on the global map.
Has the sitting Shiv-Sena MLA done enough for the constituency, according to you?
The sitting MLA Vinod Ghosalkar has done nothing but taken credit for work that others have done. Whatever good work that was done during his tenure was done by the corporators of the area and civic body, however Ghosalkar took all the credit. He claims due to his efforts Dahisar got a fire station, which is not true and everybody knows about it.
Do you think Congress would gain votes due to the Sena-BJP breakup?
The Congress party and specifically me as a candidate has done enough work in the constituency on our own to convince the voters. We are not dependent on the division of votes that will take place due to the Sena-BJP breakup. Yes, there is a chance that voters will think of voting for betterment but purely on the basis of merits of the candidates in the constituency.
After the Sena-BJP breakup, do you see any Marathi-Gujarati divide in the constituency?
The constituency has 1.20 lakh Marathi voters and 1.20 lakh Gujarati voters all of who don’t just vote for Sena or BJP alone. They will also consider the candidates contesting while casting their vote. The division is between Sena and BJP loyalists and not specifically between Gujarati and Marathi voters. I don’t think the Sena-BJP breakup will matter too much.
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