Meet the CPI candidate contesting from Mumbai’s Sion Koliwada

CPI candidate Vijay Dalvi is a union representative of municipal workers and has been working for nearly 23 years now

Picture Credit: Vijay Dalvi's Facebook page

Communist Party of India (CPI) has fielded Vijay Dalvi from Sion Koliwada to contest assembly elections in Maharashtra which are scheduled on October 21. In order to collect funds for the poll preparations, Dalvi has reached out to for ‘online crowdfunding’.

From his college days, Dalvi has been a trade union leader. Dalvi, who is contesting against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sitting MLA R Tamil Selvan, is a union representative of municipal workers and known face among conservancy workers in Mumbai.

Dalvi pursued his post-graduation from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in globalisation and labour laws and was selected for a fellowship which was offered by the University of Kassel in Germany. 

Moreover, the CPI candidate spent a few months in South Africa and worked on his comparative research regarding conservancy workers in Mumbai and Johannesburg.

However, Dalvi returned to India to work with the municipal workers. Vijay Dalvi has been working with Kachara Vahtuk Shramik Sanghatna and Sampurn Maharashtra Municipal Kamgar Union for nearly 23 years now. 

Dalvi has participated in several struggles and protests voicing out for the municipal workers. However, while talking to his workers, Dalvi says that this is the time to raise our voice in the state assembly as they don’t reach there from Azad Maidan. 

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After filing his nomination, Dalvi pointed that while India is landing on the moon but workers who are cleaning underground gutters have no safety gears.  Former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) leader Kahnaiya Kumar also visited Mumbai to campaign for Vijay Dalvi in the Sion Koliwada constituency. 

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