FWICE proposes Ashoke Pandit's name as candidate for Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North West constituency: Bollywood News

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The FWICE (Federation of Western India Cinema Employees) has proposed the name of its senior advisor Ashoke Pandit for the candidature of Member of Parliament (MP) from the North West constituency in the upcoming general elections. FWICE president BN Tiwari made the request through a letter written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, while listing Pandit's involvement in various causes that were not limited to just the film industry.

FWICE proposes name of Ashoke Pandit as candidate for Lok Sabha elections from North West Mumbai constituency

An excerpt from the letter read: “We have seen closely Panditji working with dedication and perseverance not only as a member of the entertainment industry but as a fellow citizen who has always been involved in public and social service. It is very rare to find a man who works selflessly for the general good of the people. Our idea of ​​writing and endorsing your name for the upcoming elections is because most of the employees of the film industry remain in this very constituency and as residents of this constituency, we have personally experienced your relentless contribution to social causes and public”.

The letter also highlights Pandit's efforts for the welfare of Kashmiri Pandits who faced exodus from the valley in the 1990s. For the unversed, Pandit himself also hails from that community. “It was he who knocked on the doors of Balasaheb (Thackeray) and Shiv Sena in the early 90s asking for their help and support to the Pandits refugees in Maharashtra. It was due to his efforts that Pandit refugee children were booked in educational institutes of Maharashtra,” the letter said.

The letter also says that Pandit has also fought for the cause of green spaces in the locality and that no one has left empty-handed after meeting him. He also highlighted his efforts for the common man during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The lower stratum of workers who constitute the core of the industry were in dire straits. From providing medical aid to raising funds for regular distribution of rations to playing an instrumental role in the mass vaccination drive, he worked closely with the Federation and ensured that vaccination was provided free of cost to the technicians and workers of the industry. “Such an enormous task is no child’s play and requires a heart of gold and an attitude of leadership, which is what this gentleman has.”

The letter added: “A true nationalist and an ardent Mumbaikar at heart is a standing testimony of what a man should be like in public life. Having him as a representative will be a matter of trust for the residents of this constituency, because he is a man of the masses and connectivity with the common man is something that everyone knows.”

Ashoke Pandit has been a staunch supporter of the ruling BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and has appeared in numerous television debates while defending the party and its governance.

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