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Bangalore: Unlike the traditional times, Delhi is now seeing a variation in the backgrounds of upcoming MLAs. A new breed of parliamentarians comprising of businessmen and traders has been witnessed in the last few sessions of the parliament, reports Sidhartha Roy for Hindustan Times.
Delhi’s December 4th elections reportedly involved MLA’s with a very diverse profile. In the years 2008, 2003 and 1998, nearly the half the MLA population consisted of businessmen, followed by social workers, teachers, lawyers and doctors. While most of them were found to be from these backgrounds, consultants, former government employees, engineers, journalists, architects and defense personnel are seen flourishing in the political field.

These modern day politicians are widely influenced by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which stood ahead of other parties despite having no prior political experience. Some of the AAP MLAs include architect Satyender Kumar Jain, software engineer Saurabh Bharadwaj, consultant Rajesh Garg, former TV journalist Rakhi Birla, IIT-Delhi Alumni Association office bearer Somnath Bharti, and former National Security Guard commando Surrender Singh who had fought in the 26/11 terror attack.The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is no far behind when it comes to involving people of newer backgrounds. Ram Kishan Singhal, who is a business director in a company, along with RP Singh who plays a chief role in an advertisement agency are some participants of the BJP.

Several MLAs have declared their occupation as self employed with a few assets or are otherwise unemployed, and these MLAs belong to AAP, the new face of government. The number of MLA doctors has taken a huge plunge whereas the count of teachers, professors and lawyers remains the same. Earlier there were only four MLAs who were holding a medical degree who won elections in 2008 and 2003, but this time BJP’s Dr. Harsha Vardhan is representing the fraternity at the assembly.

Vivek Kumar, Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University says, “When a totally new political organisation which emerges from a movement arrives, it brings along people from very diverse backgrounds. This was seen in 1984 when the Bahujan Samaj Party was formed,” reports Hindustan Times.

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