Mumbai: Senior Congress leader and Member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Amin Patel is busy doing rounds in his constituency and in nearby localities. He has been tagged the best MLA by Praja Foundation in 2016 and has been in the best MLAs list of the foundation since the last four years.
This BMC Election 2017 is being considered the semi finals of the elections for the central government. As the race is gaining momentum, Patel is getting busy winning the citizens for Congress.
Amin Patel is of the opinion that some political parties are trying to create discord among the minorities and if this happens then there is a better chance for the communal parties to win. This is not in favour of the minority communities themselves. So he stressed about the need for the minorities to be unified when choosing a candidate for themselves.
Many senior leaders, including Milind Deora tried hard to keep voters unified by forming an alliance with Samwadi Party, as is the case in UP, but it did not happen in Maharashtra. Congress is of the opinion that if they were able to form the alliance then secular votes would not be divided.
The entry of Majlise Ittehadul Muslimeen in the political fray has brought further difficulties for Congress. MIM had accused Congress of bring in secret alliance with BJP and being an insidious supporter of communal BJP. But he denied these accusations and urged the voters to not pay heed to such accusations.
Patel is representing South Mumbai and he is appealing voters to support Congress candidates after seeing his work for the people. He is confident that if people pay heed to what he has done for the public then they would not hesitate to support congress members.
He said that the party went door to door to meet the young voters and gain their support. He said the party did not organise big meetings, but rather established individual rapport with the youth to gain their support.
Patel has promised the South Mumbai residents, especially residents of Mumbadevi to solve their drinking water problems. Shiv Sena and BJP both had promised 24 hours supply of drinking water to the locality but this promise was broken during their reign. Patel promises to rectify this. He also said that government hospitals in the locality would be equipped with resources to improve care for patients. (Translated from Inquilab, Mumbai)