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London Mayoral race heats up as Indian-origin Tarun Ghulati challenges incumbent Sadiq Khan – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Indian-origin Tarun Ghulati has kicked off his campaign for the office of London Mayor as he challenges Sadiq Khan from winning his third continuous term.
Ghulati wishes to run London like a ‘seasoned CEO‘ who delivers profits for all and thinks that his experience as a businessman and investment expert is what London needs to revive its fortunes as the ‘global bank of the world’.
“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 part of the journey. Let’s do it for our London, our home,” he added.
“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 speech this week.
According to Ghulati, citizens of 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 declared.
The 63-year-old is standing as an Independent candidate among 13 contestants in the fray for the local elections on May 2 when Londoners will vote for their Mayor and also for members of the London Assembly.
Additionally, safety on the streets of the city is among his other major priorities, with visible community policing and more officers patrolling on the beat on the agenda.
“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 during in his speech.
Ghulati also pledges to scrape down Labour Party incumbent Sadiq Khan’s policies such as the high costs associated with Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) charges and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) across the city also make up Ghulati’s key policy planks.
“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 that 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,” Ghulati said.
Ghulati also launched a scathing attack on Conservative Party candidate for Mayor, Susan Hall, for failing to block the Mayor’s controversial policies despite being an assembly member for London for many years.
Creating more affordable housing, minimising council tax, increasing focus on tourism to the UK capital and ensuring free school meals are among some of Ghulati’s other focus areas.

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