Mumbai: The daughters of two well-known political personalities are pitted against each other in the Mumbai North Central Lok Sabha seat. Poonam Mahajan, who is the BJP’s sitting MP and daughter of late Pramod Mahajan, and Priya Dutt, the congress candidate and daughter of late legendary actor Sunil Dutt, are contesting for the seat for which the polls will be held in the fourth phase on April 29.
Mahajan and Dutt had contested against each other on the same seat in the 2014 elections, too, when Mahajan defeated Dutt by a margin of 1.86 lakh votes. Dutt entered electoral politics in 2005 and has been contesting from the Mumbai North Central Parliamentary constituency.
Apart from roadshows, rallies and door-to-door campaigns are being organised by the two candidates. BJP MP Poonam Mahajan, who is also the national president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), will concentrate on the ongoing infrastructure issues. Mahajan said.
Along with some regular issues such as parking, infrastructure and women safety, I’ve been working on new issues as well.” Meanwhile, Dutt seems to be taking the old school method of reaching out to the voters, turning up at events and making her election speeches.
The Mumbai North Central constituency comprises of six Vidhan Sabha constituencies — Vile Parle, Chandivali, Kurla, Kalina, Bandra (E), and Bandra (W). For the residents of this constituency, the battle, however, is not so much about the dynasties, but about slum rehabilitation, infrastructure, road parking and encroachment.
The constituency is one of the most diverse constituencies in the city, both socially and economically. It includes several slums in areas like Kalina and Kurla, middle-class colonies in Vile Parle and Khar, as well as affluent neighbourhoods in Bandra.