congress: Pankhuri of Noida As Cong with the 1st list | News from Noida

Noida/Ghaziabad: The Congress released its first list of 125 candidates, which included nominations for three seats each in Noida and Ghaziabad. For the Noida seat, the party has nominated Pankhuri Pathak, deputy chairman of the social media cell of the All India Congress Committee. Deepak Bhati Chotiwala, the national secretary of the Youth Congress, received the ticket from the Gurjar-dominated Dadri seat while district chairman Manoj Chaudhary was nominated from Jewar.
Pathak has been active in student politics since her days at Hansraj College, Delhi University. But she was then with Samajwadi Party. She has been on the student wing of SP since 2010, but moved to Congress in 2018.
It will be a tough fight for Pathak at the Noida headquarters, which is currently being held by BJP’s Pankaj Singh, the son of Union Minister Rajnath Singh. Singh in 2017 won the Noida seat by a huge margin. This time, the BJP has yet to announce its candidates for one of the seats.
Pathak, however, has been laying his groundwork over the past two years — raising issues about homebuyers, civic amenities and deteriorating law and order both on social media and on the pitch. When asked how confident she was of winning Noida, which is considered a safe seat for the BJP, Pankhuri said, “No seat should ever be without competition. No one should think he can’t be defeated. During all these years, the local MP has completely disappeared from his constituency. People had to travel to Delhi to meet him. Chotiwala, who will compete from the Gurjar-dominated Dadri seat, is himself a member of the community. Originally from Bisrakh, Chotiwala had in June 2021 distributed Gangajal door-to-door in the Dadri region as part of his “Gangajal sampark yatra”. His survey board will revolve around three questions. “The first is that the authorities do not pay attention to the problems of farmers. Second, although the region is an IT hub, they have failed to create jobs. The third problem is the authoritarianism of the builders. People here are troubled by backlogs, fraud and lack of records,” Chotiwala said. Chaudhary will also face a tough fight in Jewar constituency. Four-time MP Avtar Singh Bhadana is fighting for the SP-RLD alliance in Jewar, which is currently owned by BJP’s Dhirendra Singh.
Chaudhary, who is also part of the Jewar Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, has made his voice heard on different issues concerning farmers and around the international airport project.
Chaudhary has taken up the cause of four times compensation for farmers whose land was taken for the project. “The farmers were compensated by mutual agreement. Unemployment, cancellation of Dankaur as a block and damaged roads are also significant issues here,” he said.
In Ghaziabad, the party trusted the elders by announcing the candidates for three of the five seats in the assembly. For Muradnagar, Congress nominated Bijendra Yadav (53), an old hobbyhorse who has been with the party since 1988. “I have been in Congress for three decades. From an ordinary NSUI worker, I rose to the level of district president and AICC member,” Yadav said. “I am a known figure in Muradnagar. People have seen my work all these years and I have a good chance of winning this time,” he added.
Yadav is backed by a campaign from state party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. “Priyanka Gandhi’s campaign has stirred up the right kind of sentiment among us and exposed the BJP on several issues such as rising prices, unemployment and women’s safety. All the BJP has done is divide society along community lines,” he added.
Yameen Malik was sent from Loni, which has a large Muslim voter base. Malik is also the district chairman of the minority congressional cell. For the Ghaziabad seat, Congress gave the ticket to Sushant Goyal. The 48-year-old comes from a traditional Congress family and is the son of Surendra Prakash Goyal, who held the seat in 2002 and again in 2004 as a Lok Sabha candidate.

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