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Indian-origin Tarun Ghulati To Challenge Sadiq Khan In Upcoming London Mayor Election



Indian-origin Tarun Ghulati To Challenge Sadiq Khan In Upcoming London Mayor Election

Challenging Sadiq Khan who is looking to win his third continuous term as London Mayor, Indian-origin Tarun Ghulati has begun his campaign for the Mayor’s office.

“As mayor, I will build London’s balance sheet such that it is the premier choice for investment, safeguarding safety and prosperity for all its residents. I will transform and run London effectively and efficiently like a seasoned CEO. London will be a profitable corporation where profitability means the well-being of all. You will all be a part of the journey. Let’s do it for our London, our home,” Ghulati said.

Ghulati said that he seeks to run London like as a “seasoned CEO” who looks to deliver profits for all.

“I view London as a unique global city, akin to the ‘global bank of the world’ where diverse cultures converge to flourish,” Ghulati said in a recent speech, reported TOI.

Ghulati feels that the citizens of the London have been let down by all major political parties.

“I would not be a candidate for Mayor if the political candidates were doing what they should be. They have let us down. This is all about London and Londoners,” he stated.

The 63-year-old candidate is running as an Independent candidate among 13 contestants set to compete in the local elections on May 2 when Londoners will vote in the mayor and assembly elections for London.

The safety of the streets is amongst his key priorities, with community policing and more officers patrolling being a part of his key objectives. This, he claims, also aims to ensure that the streets are safe for women.

“It is about having enough bobbies on the beat, having the resources for police officers to do their jobs; which means making the streets safe for women to walk at night, with muggers and burglars being caught and punished,” he said.

“We did not want ULEZ, LTNs or 20mph speed limits and many other poor policies… Climate change is happening and we need to mitigate its effects but they cannot be done by making everyone live 15 minutes from home or to penalise commuters in areas with little public transport. What changes we need to make must be paced with public opinion, not imposed arbitrarily on wallets coping with the cost of living,” he added.

According to a report by BBC, Ghulati also says that he will invest in technological innovation in the capital, foster partnerships and collaborations with global cultural institutions and upgrade culture infrastructure such as art venues and studios.

Community policing, affordable housing, rent controls, minimising council tax, increasing focus on tourism to London and ensuring free school meals will be amongst Ghulati’s key focus areas as Mayor.

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