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Samina Khan confident of winning Sangli LS seat Congress has never lost
Friday February 28, 2014 1:03 AM, Hena Farhat,

She is a new entrant into the politics and has never contested any election yet exudes confidence that she will win the 2014 general election with a thumping majority.

Samina Khan

Advocate Samina Khan was impressed by the ideology and determination of Arvind Kejriwal. Barely two months after becoming a member, she has been nominated as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate to contest the 2014 general election from Sangli – the Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra which the grand old Congress party has never lost.

"I am receiving support from every section of the society especially from the educated people. They are supporting me, encouraging me and praying for my success. I am sure, more than sixty-five years of Congress rule in this constituency will come to an end soon", Samina Khan, a practicing lawyer since last 20 years, said while talking to on phone.

"People of Sangli had always put their faith in the Congress party and hence elected the party candidates. They became chief ministers and ministers. But they did nothing for the people. Worst, they started treating them as bonded labourers", she said.

In reply to a question she said that the Congress party leaders never spent any money for the development of the constituency, and if any money was released, its benefits did not reach to the people.

"There are no roads and dearth of basic amenities. The entire area hugely depends on agriculture but there is no sufficient water. All these things made people fed up of Congress. But they were helpless as they had no alternate. Now in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), they see a better and viable option", she said.

The Sangli constituency - considered as one of the strongest fort of the Congress party in Maharashtra, has been once represented by Vasantdada Patil, who later became the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Currently it is represented by Pratik Patil who is Minister of State for Coal and Mining in the UPA government.

"People are especially angry with Pratik Patil who is a minister in the government at the centre. Far from having any contact with the local people and doing any work for them, he despite being a minister never raised a single question in the parliament", Samina Khan said.

Daughter of a general physician from Miraj, Samina Khan, who is working as a lawyer handling cases for labour & industries, and also as legal advisor for the co-operative sector and sugar mills, will face Pratik Patil of Congress and Sanjay Patil of BJP. Sanjay Patil was a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) who had resigned to join the BJP only last month.

"People don't want just a change. They want a good change. In Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and me they see a hope for their future", she said.

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