Mumbai will go to the polls in less than a week and the key battle will be for the South Mumbai seat, where two-time Congress MP Milind Deora will be taking on incumbent Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant.
CNBC-TV18's Kevin Lee caught up with Deora on his campaign trail.
"Chances are looking good this time, people are going to vote for good candidates," Deora said.
“I think this time people are voting for good candidates. In 2014, people ignored their candidates, candidates’ criminal charges, what their agenda was, what their background was, what their ideology was and voted blindly for Narendra Modi. This time, people aren’t going to do that. People want to know who is representing them, who has their voice in parliament,” he said.
Talking about the corporate backing, Deora said, “They are not corporates, they are individuals. They are supporting me in their individual capacity, not as part of the associations or companies. I think they know that I am the best person from South Mumbai because South Mumbai is India’s commercial capital.”
“From small traders, scrap dealers to the diamond industry, jewellery industry, they have all come out and supported me because south Mumbai is India’s commercial hub, it represents commerce and enterprise and having a good representative who can understand the issues is very important. Fortunately, in the last five years, the sitting MP has failed to represent these issues, has failed to raise these issues, has failed to represent trade and commerce in south Mumbai. That is why people this time want to choose a good candidate who can represent them. More importantly, who is clean and doesn’t have any criminal charges against him,” he added.