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Confident that voters of the city will give me a chance to serve them, says Vishwajeet Kadam
Abhay Khairnar | Thursday, 3 April 2014 AT 11:53 PM IST
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The Congress has given a ticket to a youth to contest the prestigious Pune Lok Sabha seat. Vishwajeet Kadam (32) defeated seasoned Congressman and sitting MP Suresh Kalmadi in the race for the party ticket. An avid sports lover, Kadam is the youngest among all the candidates in the fray from the Pune seat. He speaks to Abhay Khairnar about his prospects in the polls.

The opposition accuses you of being an outsider as you hail from Sangli. What do you have to say?

It is wrong to dub me an outsider. I was born and educated in Pune. This city has been my home for several years. So I am not an outsider. We have set up educational institutes in Pune. My uncle was a corporator in the Pune Municipal Corporation 25 years ago. This issue ended after I explained all the details to the public. Moreover, the voters of the city do not give importance to such trifle matters.

Why did the Congress give you the ticket?
The Congress has given importance to the youth and gave tickets to at least 20 candidates across the country who are attached to the youth wing of the party. As I am the State unit Youth Congress president, it could be the main reason for getting the ticket. Moreover, Pune's sizeable population is young. I am grateful to the party for selecting me as the candidate.

Some Congress leaders in the fray were unhappy after your candidature was announced. Have you been able to win over these leaders?

It is natural for a person who was denied a ticket to be unhappy. However, such things are temporary. I, accompanied by senior party leaders, met these aspirants who could not get the ticket. They extended their wishes and are even campaigning for me. They are working for the victory of the Congress.

Why should the people of Pune elect you?

I am a young candidate and people should give me the chance to serve the city. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre has initiated various citizen-centric programmes which have benefited the common people. Moreover, Pune voters will not forget the contribution of my father and State Forest Minister Patangrao Kadam to society. I am confident that the voters of the city will give me a chance to serve them.

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