Monday, 12 October 2009
Who Should I Vote For?
Last week I received a CD and a booklet from Congress candidate of Bandra, Baba Siddique, giving me the details of his work done for the community. What must I do reading about his work at a glance?
I have a problem. When I walk on the streets of Mumbai, I am always afraid of falling, the roads are always broken. They have put interlocking tiles everywhere, but the finishing is not good. There will always be one or two tile missing and if I am not looking, then I am down on my knees closer to the ground. If I chance upon walking outside National College or Thadomal Engineering College, I must first be an expert at trekking. The young college crowds don’t even notice the uneven roads and the pavement dwellers outside their gates.
Our Bandra station is renovated recently and it looks beautiful but again there is too much chaos outside the station. People are standing everywhere - waiting for AC bus, auto, private transport and public bus and there is no system what-so-ever. There are no eco-friendly garbage cans, no bench to sit and no clean toilets. The street is crowded with hawkers who keep coming back.
During evening hours, if I wish to go for my evening walks to Bandstand or Carter road, it is not a pleasant walk. I have seen many people fall down on a broken tile or a small pebble at these promenades because it is too dark to walk carefully. There are no public toilets here either.
In spite of all these problems, I still love living in Bandra because I have known no other home. It is the place I grew up and I am surrounded by friends and neighbors who are like my extended family. We have best of shopping and dining places and we have so many parks.
And tomorrow, the 13th is the lucky day….Mumbai will get to choose their candidate…..but this time it should be different (I hope). We don’t have to just vote, we can now select and vote.
There must be many people like me with similar problems. But this time we are lucky. There is lot of information about every candidate at Don’t Vote, Select, where I can compare the promises with the actual work done. I am planning to do my homework.
But still I am confused, which one of them will be able to deliver me the comfort of enjoying my suburb?
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