Kalyana Lok Sabha seat in Mumbai will witness a direct electoral fight between the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). In Kalyan parliamentary constituency, polling will be held on April 29 in the fourth phase of general elections. The result of Kalyan Lok Sabha election will be declared on May 3. Shiv Sena leader Shrikant Shinde is trying his luck from the same constituency for the second time in a row. This time. he will be fighting against Babaji Patil of NCP this time.
Interview of Kalyan candidate of Shiv Sena, Dr Shrikant Shinde
I’ll win LS poll this time with a bigger margins: Dr Shrikant Shinde
1. What is going to be your USP for poll campaigning?
My USP is the good work done by me and my party during my tenure as MP here.
2. What is your claim for retaining the Kalyan seat? Anand Paranjpe, who was defeated by you by 3.5 lakh votes in last LS elections, has been shifted to Thane. Why?
He (Anand Paranjpe of NCP) was defeated last time and it was why he didn’t come back. The work which we have done and the people here understand the importance of Shiv Sena well.
3. What is your view about your rival candidate, Babaji Patil from NCP?
Everyone has right to fight in the elections. Maybe the candidate contesting for the elections weak or strong. But, people have exuded faith in Shiv Sena. And hence they will continue to vote for Shiv Sena in future too. I’m confident that the margin for me as a Shiv Sena candidate from Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency will be increased further this time.
4. You are an MBBS doctor by qualification. What brought you to politics?
We always say that qualified people should join politics. And the quality what is possessed by Uddhav Ji (Shiv Sena chief), has inspired me to the field the politics was all about. The credit for giving me an opportunity to contest in the last Lok Sabha polls from Kalyan constituency goes to Uddhav Ji. Again, keeping in view the work done by me during apst five years, he (Mr Uddhav) has given me another chance to try my luck from the same constituency.
5. Your father is a cabinet minister in Maharashtra. So can one say that politics lies in your DNA?
Yes, that is right. I’ve learnt a lot the tips of politics from, my father. He is currently serving as cabinet minister in Maharashtra government in thePublic Works (MSRDC, Public Undertaking) department.
6. Please tell some of your achievements in your tenure as MP of Kalyan in the first term.
I’ve got sanctioned more than Rs 2,000 crore worth project sanctioned for the area during my first tenure at the constituency. To enunciate it the face of railways what you are seeing now in Mumbai has been done by my efforts. In fact, there lies a huge positive development on the face of railways now
The facelift of all the stations, elevators at platforms, increasing the level of floor at various railway stations, emergency room on each railway station, I’ve increased 41 services at the railway premises during my tenure. The Kalyan Metro, which is in the pipeline, was also started with my initiative.
7. What are the issues in your constituency?
I would like to do more of works for the railway stations and the employment. The Kalyan Metro, which was initiated during my first tenure, should also be completed during my next tenure if I was re-elected.
8. It was at the eleventh hour that the BJP-Shiv Sena joined hands for alliance. How long this cordial relation=ship will continue post polls?
Shiv Sena and BJP are allies in the current state Assembly and I am of the firm belief that the cordial relationship between the two parties will continue to be liked this in future too.