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DEHRADUN: Former Miss India contestant Anukriti Gusain, who was nominated by Lansdowne Congress for the February 14 Uttarakhand Assembly elections, said on Wednesday she wanted to serve her constituency as a daughter and not as a politician.

“Lansdowne is my home. I was born and raised here. As I enter politics, I want to serve my home as a daughter rather than a politician,” said Gusain, who is the daughter-in-law of the former cabinet. Minister Harak Singh Rawat, said PTI in an interview.

Rawat was recently sacked from the state cabinet and expelled from the BJP.

He then joined Congress with his daughter-in-law.

On her apolitical journey, the software engineer said she considers herself lucky to have experience in different fields which has only helped to educate herself and build her personality.

My participation in the Femina Miss India beauty pageant as the youngest contestant at 18 gave me confidence and the ability to speak in public – qualities that make me better equipped for a political career, she said.

Asked about the development roadmap she has for her constituency, she said that creating better health facilities and connectivity are the two segments she plans to focus on if elected.

“I have been active in Lansdowne and have first-hand knowledge of the issues plaguing the area including poor health facilities, lack of proper roads and mobile connectivity network.

“At a time when we are talking about things like digital India, it is appalling to see the state of basic facilities like mobile towers, hospitals, roads and schools at Lansdowne. Women die in labour. I want to change all that. she said.

The software engineer-turned-politician, who runs an NGO called ‘Mahila Utthan Bal Kalyan Sansthan’ at Lansdowne, said she wanted to help girls in Uttarakhand by teaching them new skills and equipping them to take advantage of career opportunities. self-employment.

“The people of Lansdowne want change because the current MPP has done nothing for the constituency for ten years,” she said.

She said she feels proud and privileged to be the daughter-in-law of a seasoned politician like Harak Singh Rawat who continues to guide and motivate her for public service.

Regarding the protest against his candidacy in the party by disappointed aspirants, Gusain said that it was the sole prerogative of the party high command to decide the candidates for the seats.

“The disappointment of potential suitors from the seat is natural. But the ticket has to go to one person. If I were in their shoes, my reaction too might have been similar. But now that the decision has been made by the high command of the party, we must respect it and work together to fly the party flag,” she said.

According to reports, his father-in-law was expelled from the BJP when he allegedly insisted on getting a ticket for him and Gusain, a charge denied by the leader.

Rawat was one of 10 MPs who left Congress to join the BJP in 2016, which led to the overthrow of the Harish Rawat-led government in the state.