14 Apr : The grand old man of Chandigarh Politics can beat any youngster when it comes to working hard and honestly. His day starts as early as 6:30 in the morning and after having his early morning tea, he sets the pace for the daily routine. This is the best time to get hold of him as he is free for a moment as people start visiting him by 8 o’clock and then it gets very hard to get a glimpse of him as he is continuously surrounded by number of people who visit him regarding their problems.. It is worth mentioning that his personnal persona has an ever lasting effect on the people and it is evident that he has more personal votes in the city than any other candidate.
Being the most educated among all the candidates from the city he had been a Research Scholar in Botany from Panjab University, Chandigarh. He loves nature and his house has been declared as the best kept garden continuously for four years in a row.
He has been the main force behind the poor people of the city as he has always stood for their cause, whether its getting license issued for their ‘rehri’ or whether its an issue of booths getting constructed and allotted to the rehri workers. That’s not all as he has brought several major projects to the city which includes setting up of the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, allotment of land to the cooperative housing socities, establishment of the Mauli complex which is India’s first Slum Rehabilitation Programme, third phase water augumentation, 4200 licenses to the ‘rehri’, ‘phari’ dewellers of the city who are now proud owners of booths in Chandigarh. It should be mentioned that he is as popular in villages, colonies and the city and commands respect in all stratas of society.
I got a chance to get up close and personal with him during this election period, being busy and always surrounded by supporters he obliged me with a broad smile on his face and told me to “keep jotting down the points in between as I am busy” and he made me understand the theory of multi-tasking.
Mr Dhawan says, “I know this city very well and it holds a special place in my heart and life and I will remain committed to work for the welfare of this city and it’s residents.”
Mr Dhawan still attends 7 to 8 public meetings in a day and can beat any youth when it comes to campaigning. There is so much going through his mind that he forgets to have his meal at times but he is least bothered by it. He says, “The basic problems remain the same as Congress and BJP have not done anything and I will leave no stone unturned for the development of the city and welfare of its residents.”
Mr Dhawan, who is a propagandist of blood donation, has donated blood 32 times and Blood Donation camps are held regularly on his birthday and in one such day 160 Kg of blood was donated which found mention in the Limca Book of Records.