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NEW DELHI, NOV. 26. Having humbled his Bharatiya Janata Party rival in East Delhi in the Assembly polls, the first time Congress MLA from Babarpur, Vinay Sharma's attempts to make inroads into the one-time stronghold of the saffron party through complete focus on development-oriented agenda seems to be bearing fruit.
Termed as a "giant killer'' for having defeated the two-time BJP MLA, Naresh Gaur, in the December 2003 Vidhan Sabha polls, Mr. Sharma has taken upon himself the task of changing the face of this backward constituency that had been subject to neglect and suffered from lack of development for the past almost one decade. The youngest MLA of the Delhi Assembly, Mr. Sharma has taken up the task of re-constructing the entire infrastructure and has drawn up grand plans for the betterment of the constituency. Interestingly, the constituency has a huge mix of Brahmin and Muslim population who have backed the Congress party overwhelmingly during these elections.
As part of his attempts to bring the youth into the mainstream and ensure quality education, he has embarked upon a major re-construction project of government schools in Babarpur that would benefit around 2,500 students of the area. In order to provide recreational activity and extend tourism to the constituency, Mr.Sharma said it had been decided to develop Rajiv Gandhi Prayatak Sthal for various activities including boating and amusement park. A project has also been undertaken to remove all overhead high tension cables and put them underground and better connectivity was being provided to the Welcome Metro station.
Mr. Sharma said he had been successful in getting the categorisation of his area downgraded under the new house tax regime. In order to improve the drinking water situation, a big underground reservoir was also being constructed in the constituency and electrification was also being undertaken of the under-developed colonies in Babarpur. "I am committed to uplift the standard of living of the people in my constituency and my concentration would be totally on development as has been stated by the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit,'' he remarked.
Interestingly, Mr. Sharma along with the Trinagar Congress MLA, Anil Bhardwaj, are among the frontrunners for the post of the All India Youth Congress president's post as the party leadership is keen to replace the present incumbent, Randeep Surjewala who has been elevated as the AICC secretary. Mr. Surjewala is also likely to contest the Assembly elections in Haryana scheduled early next year. Mr. Sharma is understood to have the blessings of some higher-ups in the AICC as well as Union Cabinet Ministers in the UPA Government.
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