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Interview: Kuldeep Janghu, an independent candidate for Harayana Assembly elections'14
The Assembly elections in Gurgaon are scheduled for October 27, 2014. With just two months left for the elections, political parties are trying their best to woo the public. The regional political leaders are leaving no stone unturned to get the ticket for the upcoming assembly elections from different political parties, whereas independent candidates from various political constituencies are also gearing up for the political fight.

Merinews.com talked to Kuldeep Janghu, who for the first time, is participating in the coming Assembly elections as an Independent candidate from the constituency of Gurgaon. Here are some excerpts of conversation with him.

Question (Q): What are the major problems in Gurgaon?

Kuldeep Janghu (KJ): 50 per cent of total revenue of Haryana government comes from Gurgaon industrial belt. This can be attributed to the workers in these industries. But these workers are not given good rehabilitation and basic facilities. Many a time administration also abstain from their duties. This reformation is very important. Property is very expensive in Gurgaon, but the poor section of the society needs to be rehabilitated. Encroachment in the markets is also a big deterrent to the smooth movement in the markets. Vehicles parking in front of the shops reduce space on markets roads. It should be sorted out immediately.

Q. If you are elected as MLA from Gurgaon constituency, what will be your first priority?

KJ: Poor people make 60 per cent of the total population of this constituency. They come below the poverty line and 20-25 per cent people constitutes the middle class and the rest 15-20 per cent people are financially sound. Poor people living in the gap of 900 meter do not have the proper shelter.

Apart from this I would also like to work on the following issues:

  • They are deprived from all basic needs. I will try to do my best to raise their living standard whether it is related to employment or proper rehabilitation.

  • The root cause of Gurgaon is the controversy in industrial organizations. After assuming the power I will give sort out this problem immediately.

  • There are 135 workers unions in 2100 industries across the district of Gurgaon. Unions will be established where workers are suffering due to lack of union support so that they can raise their voice and get all facilities which they deserve.

  • Special transport bus facility will be provided to all employees working in the industries. They will be provided the industrial identity even if they live in any corner of Gurgaon.

  • Like Japan, the stands for cycles, auto rickshaws will be built across the city. These vehicles will also be looked after so there is no chance of any theft incident.

  • A number of private companies have closed down in the recent past. I would encourage them to start their businesses afresh so that employment opportunities can increase.

Q: What are the key responsibilities of an MLA in your view? How would you fulfill those responsibilities?

KJ: I am of the view that an MLA must be well aware of all the problems of the area. He must be available for his people at all times. It is important to have knowledge of law for an MLA as he is people's representative and it is upon him to raise all the problems in the upper house. He should be well versed with the Constitution of India.

Public satisfaction must be first priority. Strict action against unsocial elements to maintain law and order is very necessary. He must provide protection to women and children. Most importantly, he must bring in reform in the administration working style. He must mount pressure on the concerned authorities to carry out their civic responsibilities.

Q: Why should people vote for you in the coming assembly elections in Haryana?

KJ: I have worked as a social worker for the last 15 years. I hail from the village of Daulatabad in Gurgaon. I have raised many issues like stray animals roaming here and there in the city. On my insistence gaushala were built in about 12 villages for cows.

Meanwhile, especially in Daulatabad, 22 gaushala were also constructed. Mounting pressure on the administration, the dilapidated roads in Sadar Bazar got repaired and dustbins were also installed at different places in the market. I always come forward for the problems of many thousands workers working in various industries operating in Gurgaon district. That is why I think I must be given at least one chance as a public servant to serve the people.

Q: What motivated you enter politics?

KJ: I was not really interested in politics before this. In Daulatabad, I raised various issues regarding the problems with agriculture in an agricultural function in 2010. Many agricultural experts and Agriculture minister of the state came in the function there. But no attention was given to those problems and a total of 4 lakh were spent unnecessarily. I also raised this issue before the concerned authorities but to no avail. Then I made up my mind to sort out such kind of problems by representing the issues through political power.

Q: What would call is your achievement in your life as social worker?

KJ: I started the campaign for organic agriculture. For this, I visited at least 550 villages and made people aware about this style of agriculture. The farmers had shown a great interest towards this technique. They are still making the most of it. Also, by disclosing corrupted authorities, I have stopped fraud in banks in 15 August, 2009. I also raised my voice for the environment protection in 10 January, 2010.

Q: Who is Kuldeep Janghu in his common life?

KJ: I belong to a normal family and work as a common worker in Maruti Suzuki Private Ltd located in Gurgaon. I am also General Secretary of Maruti Suzuki Karmachari Union. I like meeting new challenges in my life. Sorting out problems and helping people has become my hobby. I also manage time for my family.

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