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In Sandeep Kumar’s home constituency, some blame MLA, others stand by him

The house at Block F-4 has had no occupants since Kumar, as a minister in the AAP government, was allotted a bungalow in Civil Lines last year.

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A day after he was removed from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s cabinet over an ‘objectionable’ CD, Sandeep Kumar’s camp office in his assembly constituency of Sultanpur Majra remained locked. Four police constables were deployed at the site to prevent protests and agitations.

As they guided media vehicles towards Kumar’s residence through the lanes of northwest Delhi’s Sultanpuri, locals, rickshaw-pullers, shop owners and others couldn’t help but giggle or scoff at the incident that had drawn the press.

The house at Block F-4 has had no occupants since Kumar, as a minister in the AAP government, was allotted a bungalow in Civil Lines last year.

“Sandeep Kumar had lived here for the last 10-15 years, since he was a law student. He earlier lived here with his elder brother and sister-in-law. They later moved out… after his marriage, Sandeep lived here with his wife. He didn’t come here too often after he became a minister,” said Kumar’s neighbour Ajay Kumar, who sells garlands for a living.

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In the constituency reserved for a Scheduled Caste candidate, most residents of Kumar’s neighbourhood are Dalits. In the 2015 assembly elections, he had won the seat with a margin of over 64,000 votes.

“Hum ne toh Kejriwal ko dekh ke vote diya tha. Delhi mein kahin bhi kisi ne MLA dekh ke toh vote nahi diya, sabne Kejriwal ko hi vote diya. Ab lag raha hai Sandeep Kumar ko vote deke galti kar di (We voted for Kejriwal. Nobody in Delhi voted for their MLAs. Everyone voted for Kejriwal. Now I think I made a mistake by voting for Sandeep Kumar),” said Ram Ratan, who lives in the lane next to Kumar’s house.

Rohit Soni, who aspires to be an athlete, voted for the first time in 2015, “… I feel it has gone to waste. Next time, I will choose NOTA. We could never have imagined that Kumar would be caught doing something like this. He was always very polite and well-behaved with everyone. Since he was so friendly, everybody knew him,” he said.

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Soni said Kumar had visited Sultanpur Majra on August 15 to attend a flag hoisting ceremony.

The former minister, however, found some support in Satish Verma, a local jeweller. “When the tide turns against you, those who once hailed you, turn on you. If you see the video, you will realise it is very old… he has not committed a criminal offence… This is just some spicy news for the media,” he said.

Kumar’s camp office remained unmanned throughout the day. His personal assistants and aides had also switched off their phones.

First published on: 02-09-2016 at 04:24:43 am
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