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Looking ahead: The Congress candidate from Sangam Vihar, Amod Kanth, addressing a press conference on Friday.
Looking ahead: The Congress candidate from Sangam Vihar, Amod Kanth, addressing a press conference on Friday.

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Banking on his civil service career and social activism over the years through his non-government organisation “Prayas”, the Congress candidate from Sangam Vihar, Amod Kanth, sounds confident of victory in the Assembly polls.

Former Special Commissioner of Delhi Police, Mr. Kanth is contesting from a constituency that has been carved out of Tughlakabad after delimitation. “I have had a long innings as a police officer. I was a magistrate before joining the Indian Police Service. Prayas has given me exposure to the social sector. People think I am an outsider in the area. The national head office of Prayas is located in Sangam Vihar itself,” he said at a press meet on Friday.

“About 45 centres of Prayas are located in Sangam Vihar and adjacent areas. So I am very much an insider. With my experience in the area, I will be the most successful.” The former police officer said the real challenge for him was to provide water, electricity and sanitation in the area. “When water from the Sonia Vihar plant reaches here, scarcity of water will be addressed. The roads are bad, too, so we will have to plan a network of roads. I also want to extend health programmes and education programmes. We will start self-help groups for women.”

“I can’t promise the moon, but there are ways to plan things and solve problems,” he said, observing that the Delhi Police Commissioner should be accountable to the Chief Minister and that Capital’s law and order should be part of the State Government.

However, Mr. Kanth’s candidature has led to a lot of resistance from local Congress leaders. Two party rebels, Mohammad Anwar Alam and Vir Singh Bidhuri, are fighting against him.

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