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Visually impaired MNS candidate contesting BMC seat, pledges to solve problems other councillors didn’t

 By Vinay Dubey, APN Mumbai

In an unprecedented move, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has given a ticket to Vinod Argile, a visually impaired social activist, to contest the elections for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Kamathipura area of the commercial capital of the country.

The 43-year-old Argile is full of enthusiasm and working hard to reach voters in Ward No. 213 in Kamathipura. The MNS has a rail engine as its election symbol.

Argile, speaking to APN, said that those with normal vision were ignoring many problems but he understood those issues and would work hard to tackle them.

He said that basic amenities including sewerage, drainage, roads, hospitals and schools were in a very bad shape. He alleged that those who had represented the ward earlier did not fulfil their duties. 

He also expressed loyalty to MNS founder Raj Thackeray. He said he had been associated with Thackeray since his days in the Bhartiya Vidyarthi Sena. People of his area were confident about his abilities and had assured him of their support, he said.

According to Argile, people have started moving out from this area because of lack of basic amenities. He said he will try to get houses built under the Maharashtra Development Housing and Area Development Authority (MAHADA) and will not trust private builders for the job. He said that private builders construct residential towers with low-quality material and do not provide parking facility to the residents.

The BMC elections are getting more interesting by the day. The 227-seat richest civic body elections have been garnering attention due to the rift between the BJP and Shiv Sena. In the new scenario the BJP, Shiv Sena, MNS, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress are all contesting. Polling will be held on February 21 and the results will be declared on February 23.

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