Shivani Chauhan, a 23-year-old-year fashion design graduate, is not in her studio but visiting every nook and corner of ward number 275 in South Delhi as she hopes to bring in a change in Kalkaji area.
The youngest candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in this municipal corporation election, Shivani promises better roads, better garbage management and a better drainage system in her conversations with the constituents.
“The governance of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is in a very state of affairs,” Shivani tells a team of The New Indian.
Since her childhood, Shivani has been interested in matters of public interest and joined the Arvind Kejriwal-led party during her college days.
“I always wanted to do something for society since my school days. My interest in such matters grew as I got involved in the activities of some NGOs that had a tie-up with my school. However, I never thought of contesting an election,” she admits.
Shivani hails from a family of AAP supporters. Her father is an active member of the party in Kalkaji.
She believes that educated youngsters must join politics to change it for the better, a sentiment shared by her party’s supremo Kejriwal and even his rival Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The AAP candidate says, “I am a youngster and I believe that a youngster can bring change in society. Our country needs young educated people.”
Speaking about her priorities if she is elected in the December 4 polls, Shivani says she would fix the problem of garbage mismanagement in Kalkaji and ensure that drainage systems functions properly.
“Garbage management is in the doldrums in this area. Sweepers don’t come here for days and even if they do, they do not dispose them at designated places. They collect it and dump it somewhere in the market or in the residential area, forcing locals to gather money and get rid of it themselves,” she says.
Shivani continues, “Roads are in very bad shape and riddled with potholes. Drainages and parks are very poorly managed and I believe that these issues can be fixed and made better.”
When she meets residents of the area, Shivani lists the major achievements of the Arvind Kejriwal government and seeks a chance to AAP.
“I tell people that they gave chance to Arvind Kejriwal Ji and he did many good things for the people of Delhi, and people agree. I tell them that a lot has to be done in the MCD,” she says.
Talking about the chances of her party against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has been ruling civic bodies in Delhi for nearly two decades, Shivani says the election won’t be a difficult one for AAP. “Because people have seen the work done by CM Arvind Kejriwal Ji,” she adds.