“I am 100 per cent confident of winning the 2014 elections from the north-eastern suburb of Mumbai,” said social activist Medha Patkar, who is contesting on an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ticket. Patkar is seen as a face of the city's poor populace for which she is referred as Tai (sister) by Mumbaikars, who have seen her protesting on various occasions and being dragged into police vans along with her supporters.
Talking with the ADC, while campaigning at Vikhroli's Park Site area, Patkar said, “Every major and minor infrastructure development shall be debated and monitored to render direct benefits to public.”
Talking on the behalf of Patkar, AAP leader Feroze Mithiborwala said, “Our model of development is usually equal distribution of wealth.”
Builders-gangsters-slumlords-politicians-police is the major nexus in the SRA (Slum Rehabilitation Authority) development, which is one of the major issues in the north-eastern suburbs. The nexus is quite apparent and Patkar being a veteran activist who has always stood for slums and poor people has very clear and simple solution to break this nexus. She says that the government brings in the builders to provide shelter to the poor. “This practice should be stopped and the slum owners should themselves opt to bring in their own builder and make the building,” said Sanjay G, another AAP party leader adding that “We are not asking for free shelters but the government should let the people take the lead.”
Another major factor which Patkar would like to tackle is to bring in a law to regulate high fees and donations in schools and colleges.