Corporate arties have long been known to play mindless games of communal politics and treat communities like vote banks. The civic polls are becoming an experiment to see what will happen in the eventuality of the Lok Sabha Elections being conducted on similar lines in 2014, he says.
These parties firmly believe that they will be the only three or four parties that matter in the Lok Sabha Elections as far as the minority community voter is concerned he said. They feel that by using the tactics to divide voters into two communities they can predict what it will be like when the elections are fought in 2014, he added.
Such value-eroded politics cannot benefit any city especially Lucknow Ajit Chak added. He issued an appeal to the candidates for the post of mayor to come up with an agenda for the city of Lucknow. For example, how will they solve the problems of Lucknowites?
I have yet to come across any candidate who has promised anything specific. For example is any Mayor aspirant saying he will solve the water problem or sanitation problem in Lucknow? Or has anyone outlined measures to solve the problem of parking in Hazratganj? Or for that matter improving the power supply situation in Lucknow?
Take the case of Hazratganj. It is a mad battle between Nagar Nigam staff and illegally parked cars everyday where the cars have to be towed away every hour. This same problem could be solved by diverting traffic to the parking lot opposite the State Bank of India by pricing the road at Hazratganj. A toll Gate could be set up here and cars entering Ganj would have to pay a toll, the other option would be to park outside Ganj. Similarly non polluting public transport could be made available to take them to the main market like solar Rickshaws.
Take the power situation; the Nagar Nigam had set up a much touted power from waste plant which got wasted in the process, is any mayor willing to take up the challenge to produce power from waste to supply to residents, or reduce the Nagar Nigams Electricity Bill by using solar power?
Then is any Mayor willing to analyse whether the Nagar Nigam can produce revenue without raising House Tax? Why can’t the Nagar Nigam set up Guest Houses on vacant land and earn revenue from them or set up Community centres which can solve the problem of shortage of space for weddings during the marriage season? Has any Mayor Candidate thought on these lines? Or for that matter come up with a plan to solve the drinking water crisis by exploring the option of decentralized water recycling plants?
He appealed to the candidates to lend some credibility to this election and issue their manifesto for the city of nawabs, how they intend to preserve maintain and beautify daily life in it?
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