Mayank Gandhi is optimistic about giving a tough fight to his competitors from Mumbai North West constituency.
Aam Aadmi Party leader Mayank Gandhi is confident of faring well in the forthcoming Lok Sabha election. Even though people are questioning about Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation from the post of Delhi Chief Minister’s post but Mr Gandhi remains unaffected by it. He also claims that people want a change and will vote for AAP. Mayank added that he is far ahead of his competitors.
He claimed that as per an internal survey, he was in favourable position over other contestants. “From an internal survey that we have done, I am ahead of my competitors by atleast 1,00,000 votes. More than half of the people we spoke to, favoured the Aam Aadmi party over other candidates. I will be a star among the stars” he said.
Defending his party’s stand after it quit the government, Mr Gandhi said, “It was a legitimate political decision. The country at this time needs institutional reforms. We quit the national capital for larger institutional games,” Gandhi said.
He is not worried about Bollywood superstar Salman Khan extending support to senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat. Mr Gandhi said that there are many others who support his party as well.
“If Salman Khan supports Gurudas Kamat, I have no problem with it. There are many others who are supporting my party. In the last 5 years, Kamat has not done any work in his constituency,” he said.
On the Marathi votebank, Mr Gandhi said he is confident of support from Marathi population in his constituency.
“We thought that Marathi votes will mostly go to the Shiv Sena and the MNS, but we are seeing good support from Marathi speaking population also. Maybe after Balasaheb Thackeray, they are not feeling the same connect with Shiv Sena,” Mr Gandhi
Mayank Gandhi took a jibe at actress Rakhi Sawant, who is contesting the polls from the same constituency and said, “I don’t know who will vote for her (Rakhi Sawant) in the first place but those people certainly won’t vote for me. None of her actions can prove that she will get any votes in this election,” he said.
He alleged that opposition parties are spending more than the stipulated amount of Rs 70 lakh limit set by Election Commission.
“Candidates fighting polls from other parties are using money power, which is dangerous for the democracy. They are spending beyond Rs. 70 lakh specified limit. This over spending is affecting other parties like ours,” Mr Gandhi said during a press conference in Mumbai yesterday.
“I have received Rs25 lakh and some others have also committed funds. My rivals are splurging crores of rupees. Each volunteer is being paid Rs700 plus biryani. Parties are being held at several hotels” he added.
On the other hand, Gandhi didn’t have any evidence to back his claim.
“We do not have any proof. A large amount of money is being given to party workers in cash and it is a common practice. We do not need to give any evidence,” he said.