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The Winner Takes It All

Outlook profiles nine winning candidates from AAP.

1. Raju Dhingan (41) – Trilokpuri

"I was the personal trainer for the President of India's optometrist," he beams. "There were so many other doctors and experts in South Delhi who chose me as their trainer". Before Raju Dhingan was elected the MLA of the AAP from Trilokpuri in the 2013, he earned his livelihood as a gym trainer for young boys who lived in and around his house in Trilokpuri, besides working as a personal physical instructor for several individual clients across the capital. His wife was, at that time, a daily wage labourer. "Trilokpuri was and is still very underdeveloped. We didn't have any facilities, let alone a gym. So we used the TV room built by DDA as a health and fitness centre.” He decided to join politics in order to better his and the life of several who lived in his constituency. "After I became an MLA, until the Vidhan Sabha dissolved in November 2014, I received a salary of 53,000. With this I was able to sustain my family, pay a small salary to party workers and also run my party office. My wife didn't have to labour anymore." Dhingan says that the AAPs campaign in Trilokpuri was not merely a 15 day or a month long event, but one that had been on for two years, focused primarily on addressing the civic needs of the residents. "I had to give up gyming in 2013 because of party work. Now I will resume it, because it is important for me to stay fit in order to work for my people," he says with all earnestness.


2. Pramila Tokas (37) – R.K Puram 

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