Samajwadi Party candidate from the Ghaziabad parliamentary constituency Sudhan Rawat has exuded confidence that people would prefer voting for his party, both because it had undertaken unprecedented development in the constituency and also because he was a local who understood their problems .Addressing the local population soon after filing his nomination, Mr. Rawat said the “outsiders” would be thrown out by the electorate.

Incidentally, this time the constituency is witnessing a keen five-cornered contest with the Bharatiya Janata Party replacing its sitting MP Rajnath Singh with General (Retd.) V.K. Singh, Bahujan Samajwadi Party fielding Mukul, the Congress entering the fray with film actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar, and the rookie Aam Aadmi Party throwing its hat in the ring in the form of its dynamic leader Shazia Ilmi.

While Mr. Mukul of the BSP has filed his nomination , the BJP and Congress candidates are yet to file theirs. Interestingly, both Mr. Singh and Ms. Ilmi are contesting an election for the first time which, according to the SP leaders, would be beneficial for him as he would get an edge over two of the principal opposition parties. Mr. Rawathas mentioned in his nomination that there are no criminal cases against him andhe owns Rs 1.16 crore worth of property.

In Ghaziabad, where the main issues concerning people are law and order, power supply and closure of industry, the Samajwadi Party is staking claim to have ensured vigorous infrastructural development. “We had proposed making the National Highway 24 an eight lane expressway. This project will also boost tourism as it would connect Delhi to the Jim Corbett National Park,” said the party leader.