Candidates promises to pay society maintenance bills, to woo voters

by Web Desk | Updated: 2017-02-15

In the race to head the country’s richest civic body, candidates are leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters. Candidates who are contesting elections are promising things that weren’t promised in so many years, just to woo the local residents in the ward.
Candidates are promising things such as paying maintenance bills for housing societies, laying good quality paver blocks, fencing the compound walls, CCTV surveillance, jogging track, equipment for garden within the residential complex and benches for senior citizens. But nowadays voters have also become smart and not only cashing in this opportunity but also placing their own demands before candidate contesting BMC elections.
As reported by DNA, one of the candidates from the western suburbs has agreed of paying the maintenance bill of an entire society. The candidate has also promised that whose maintenance bill amount is high, promises to lay good quality paver blocks, equipment for garden within the residential complex, benches for senior citizens, jogging track, fencing of compound walls, and CCTV surveillance.
It’s much easier to ask votes in slum areas, but difficult in residential societies and complexes. In slums it’s easy to get in touch with people, due the regular programmes like haldi kumkum, Satyanarayan puja, Ganeshotsav, and Navratri, which gives chance to political leaders and candidates to connect with the voters. But it’s totally opposite scenario in residential societies, their plans are bigger and even budget is bigger, which makes it difficult for candidates to manage.
A candidate from Dahisar, who was also an office bearer of a political party, had duped the shopkeepers when civic authorities had undertaken road widening work in the area. The shopkeepers went beyond the permissible height limit and this political leader used this as an opportunity to collect money from these shopkeepers. But last week the candidate handed over Rs 20,000 to each shopkeeper he took money from and promised to return the remaining amount if he got elected.
But the residential societies don’t fall pray for such tactics of local leaders or candidates. Societies don’t mind spending for the welfare of their own complex. But their demands are different proper parking facilities, removing bottlenecks on the approach road from the Western Express highway, illegal hawkers and well maintained playground.