Member of Parliament and senior Congress leader Avtar Singh Bhadana, who is seeking re-election from Faridabad Lok Sabha constituency for the third straight term, has said that people are not angry with the Congress party per se and the resentment was only against some corrupt leaders because of alleged scams.
Speaking to The Hindu after filing his nomination papers on Friday, Mr. Bhadana, who has also been a Minister in the Haryana Government for a brief period in 1988, said the resentment could well be contained in time had the party worked according to the plans and vision of its vice-president Rahul Gandhi and treaded on the path shown by him.
Sounding confident about his third successive victory from Faridabad, Mr. Bhadana, a Gujjar leader, said there was no resentment against the Congress in his constituency and he enjoyed huge support cutting across all castes and religions. “I am an undisputed Gujjar leader and the only one from my community to reach Lok Sabha twice . I enjoy unflinching support of my community with over 2.5 lakh electorate. Also, I am the only non-Jat leader who openly supported reservation for Jats under the OBC category and enjoy their support as well. The migrants and the minorities have also voted for me,” said Mr. Bhadana.
Pitted against Bharatiya Janata Party’s Krishan Pal Gujjar and Indian National Lok Dal’s R.K. Anand, Mr. Bhadana dismissed that he faced any challenge from them. “The BJP has been importing leaders from the Congress and fielding them as its own candidates. When they could not find any Congress leader in Faridabad, they fielded a dealer instead . There is no Modi wave from Mathura border to Delhi border in my constituency. So far as INLD’s candidate is concerned, he would even loose his security deposit. And the one from theAAP does not have support in his own village,” said Mr. Bhadana.
Defending Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on the issue of lop-sided development in the State, Mr. Bhadana, without naming anyone, said: “Mr. Hooda rose above party politics to help people and ensure all-round development of the State. But those who enjoyed power and authority in his regime deserted him to join other parties and now blame him for skewed development. This is sheer opportunism.”
Taking credit for Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission projects in Faridabad, the construction of the Badarpur flyover on Delhi border and the Delhi Metro extension into Faridabad, Mr. Bhadana said he planned to develop Greater Faridabad on the lines of Greater Noida during his next term and ensure better connectivity with Gurgaon and Noida for the overall development of the region.