Indore: State Health Minister and BJP candidate from Indore- 5 Mahendra Hardia and his rival and Congress candidate Pankaj Sanghvi attended the ‘ Face- To- Face’ programme, organised by Indore Press Club, on Saturday.
Amidst blame- game, both the contestants— Hardia and Sanghvi— are hopeful of their wins. While Hardia claimed that the development works conducted by his government and the enthusiasm among party activists would give him victory this time, his main rival Sanghvi was also sure of his win, claiming that he had added 18,000 more voters in comparison to the last elections and he was sure that it will help him in his path of victory.
The Congress strongman tried to counter the Health Minister on issues of ‘ inactiveness’ and Hardia’s nexus with illegal colonisers. To Counter Sanghvi, the BJP candidate raised the issue of illegal Raj Tower and alleged that the Congress leader was deploying school staff for his campaigning.
Sanghvi said that there is no proper drainage in the constituency, roads are in very bad shape, and people are not getting drinking water regularly. “ There is no high school in Ward 42 and even the dispensary was closed when Harida became the state Health Minister.
Many illegal colonies mushroomed in the constituency and the sitting MLA has been trying to make it legal for extra bucks for himself.” Sanghvi also raised the issue of drug trials and said that 81 people died because of illegal drug trials conducted on 3300 people. “ MoUs were signed during the Investor Summit but Hardia should tell the people which company has come to the city.
He expressed his confidence that he would definitely win from the constituency,” he said. Countering him, Hardia said that he had raised the issue of illegal drug trails in the Assembly. The permission of trials was given by DGCI and not by the State Government and the case is still pending with the Apex Court.
“ I am always against illegal colonies and also demanded to impose NSA on the people involved in establishing illegal colonies. I have started four dispensaries in the area and will start a 30- bed hospital in Khajrana as well,” Hardia added. Both the candidates opposed each other over issues of illegal constructions, cremation ground, toll tax etc.