It is important to be on friendly terms with one’s neighbour, and surely nobody understands this better than the residents of E-8A/14, Krishna Nagar. As BJP’s CM candidate Harsh Vardhan gears up to serve his constituency for a fifth consecutive term, his neighbours have varied takes on his performance as an MLA.
“He should be the Chief Minister,” Kusum Goswami, one of Harsh Vardhan’s neighbours said as she watched the celebrations next door.
Ask her about how life has changed since Harsh Vardhan was announced the CM candidate and Goswami says she has had make adjustments to provide parking space for the constant stream of visitors her “important” neighbour has been receiving over the last few weeks.
But Goswami does not believe that Harsh Vardhan’s elevation will be reflected in the constituency in any measurable way. “I don’t have such expectations from anybody, I only feel proud that we will now have a Chief Minister from our street,” she said.
Across the street from Harsh Vardhan’s house, lives Seema Jariwal who claims to be an avid Congress supporter. Jariwal is disgruntled over the construction of a Senior Citizen’s club beside her bungalow. She believes the land could have been put to better use had Harsh Vardhan cleared it for parking space.
“First, he should take care of his neighbours and then the state. What the Congress has done, the BJP can never do,” she said.
“If he becomes Chief Minister, nothing will change for us. The only thing that would change is that he will leave this galli,” Mansi Bhatia, another neighbour and a Congress supporter, said.
Annu, her landlady, however, is happy about Harsh Vardhan’s victory. She was one of the first to rush next door to congratulate the newly re-elected MLA. “Our families are very close, I’m happy he has been re-elected,” she said.
(Reporters are students of EXIMS)