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Why is Fazilpuria a head-turner in the Gurgaon LS elections?


JJP was the coalition party with BJP that made the Haryana government until recently when the two parties fell apart. With JJP shedding itself off the sleeve from the state government machinery, the current state of government’s fate is still shaky.

A town hall organised by the Jananayak Janata Party (JJP) to introduce its Lok Sabha candidate, Rahul Fazilpuria, from the Gurgaon constituency, was quite a full house. Representatives from the urban Gurgaon high-rise apartments and private-sector housing belts came together to meet and explore young Fazilpuria before the state votes on May 25, the sixth electoral phase.

 It was an eclectic mix of enthusiastic people discussing the administrative and civil problems the city dwellers had faced for many years. Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh won the three consecutive elections from the Gurgaon constituency in 2009 as a Congress nominee, later joined the BJP, and retained the seats in 2014 and 2019. “Despite the opposing candidate being the sitting MP from Gurgaon for last three times, the city’s problems are not yet being resolved,” said Fazilpuria.

The diverse gathering to attend the outreach programme organised by the party’s senior leaders included representatives from more than 40 RWAs, social workers, activists, entrepreneurs, artists, and senior corporate professionals. The senior party leader of JJP, Sheilza Bhatia was seen actively hearing the concerns of the participating residents and RWA bodies including NGOs and Samaritans.

Gurgaon and its unresolved issues

The residents of Gurgaon are grappling with a host of issues: a lack of government education institutions, including universities; deteriorating public health medical facilities, with the civil hospital in poor condition; and rampant pollution, traffic, unemployment, long pending extension of metro line, and lack of infrastructure issues. Fazilpuria promised that if voted to power, he would work towards resolving the long-pending hiccups of the city.

Without mincing words, he quickly accepted that the public was being harassed by the builders’ internal connivance with the government.

As a candidate, Fazilpuria brings a comprehensive plan to the table. ‘I know the city and its problems inside out because I am the son of the soil and came up to this level after facing many difficulties. When asked about the three most important issues that would be a priority for him if elected, he said, “Building public education system including world-class universities, healthcare facilities and entertainment centre to give opportunity to native artists and promote art and culture of the city.”

Another critical problem that came to light was the absence of names on the voter list. Though the lists for the upcoming election have been updated, and for the Vidhan Sabha election, the party volunteers promised to help the residents by putting up voter camps in different society complexes.

Hope is the fuel that propels us from one election to the next. There was a wave of enthusiastic discussions brimming with potential solutions to the problems. 

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