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Congman plays safe

Dhanbad, April 10: Congress candidate Ajay Dubey from Dhanbad won’t promise the moon to the electorate, instead interact with people of the coal belt to know their problems and find solutions.

Entering the electoral battle for the first time, Ajay has been touring extensively, attending public meetings across the constituency.

While his “clean” image is apparently his strength, people, he claims, are disillusioned with all previous candidates and looking for a new face. “Unlike other leaders, I am refraining from making any tall claims as I know that the people are fed up with false promises,” Ajay, a resident of Hirapur locality of Dhanbad, told The Telegraph.

The 52-year-old bagged the Congress ticket after former state minister and ex-Dhanbad MP Chandra Shekhar Dubey rubbed his party seniors the wrong way.

Ajay is pulling out all the stops to capitalise on the opportunity. He steps out of his house around 8am and campaigns till as late as 1am.

“After interacting with the common people, I came to know that unemployment is the main problem affecting the youth of the coal belt, where a large number of public and private sector industries are situated,” he said.

If he was sent to Parliament, he would hold meetings with youths and management of these industries to find a solution to unemployment.

Drinking water is the second important topic in his priority list. “Water is a common problem faced by both urban and rural people of the constituency. Besides, proper irrigation facility will boost agriculture in vast stretches of Baliapur, Chandankiyari among others,” said the Congress leader.

Also, he termed displacement due to underground fire as a burning issue, affecting thousands of people, and said the policy-makers should rehabilitate those who were falling prey to the nature’s fury.

“I don’t think I have a fight against anyone as people have tested almost all candidates and it is time to trust a face familiar to them who doesn’t believe in making tall claims,” he signed off.