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Did you know: Newly elected Rajasthan MLA Wajib Ali is an educationist in Australia

The newly elected Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Wajib Ali from Nagar constituency in Rajasthan has a story different from the rest of politicians.

Ali was born and brought up in Nagar. He completed his education in Rajasthan and left for Australia in 2005 to pursue his higher studies. After completing his education, he joined the family business there and currently runs eight colleges and a school in Australia

36-year-old Wajib completed his studies in India, went abroad for higher studies, got a permanent residency to set up his business and returned to do politics in his backyard. He came back to India in 2013 and joined politics.

He had a good education, was running a lucrative business in Australia but back home his village was still awaiting basic development which posed a wrenching question to Ali, “What had he done for his village?”

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Wajib Ali said “I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, especially in my area. My area is the most backward area of Rajasthan and in fact even in whole of India if you would see, the most backward area was Mewat in Haryana. Nagar constituency is home to many Meos. Therefore, I started thinking about how can I give back to my community.”

On being asked what prompted him to leave his comfortable life to contest elections in Nagar, Ali said, “You should have the ability to make a difference. That is one of the reasons why I went to the elections. Now, I have got a good voice, I can go to any house and represent the issues which people of my area are facing.”

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Wajib had lost the election back in 2013 on his return, but,  just five years later he defeated his BJP rival Anita Singh by 26,786 votes.

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