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Last day, last show: Parties flex muscles, try to connect with one & all

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AAP workers sweep BJP party pamphlets away after the passing of Kirron Kher’s convoy in Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Kshitij Mohan AAP workers sweep BJP party pamphlets away after the passing of Kirron Kher’s convoy in Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Kshitij Mohan

In the  final burst of electioneering, candidates and political parties held roadshows and padyatras across the city in an attempt to cover every sector one last time before the campaign for the Lok Sabha election officially ended on Wednesday evening.

Members of the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress held a padyatra from Sector 17 plaza to Gandhi Samarak Bhawan. The party workers had gathered at the plaza attired in T-shirts, having the photograph of the party’s candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal on one side and a slogan on the other. Bansal’s son Manish Bansal led the rally as supporters carrying party flags marched along.

Apart from the padyatra, some Congress supporters also held a roadshow with a cavalcade of vehicles moving across different sectors.

Bansal expressed confidence that he would emerge victorious. Instead of roadshows, Bansal attended several public meetings. He said the BJP was banking on the self-created ‘Modi wave’ which, he claimed, was little more than a display of extravagant spending on branding the Gujarat chief minister as its prime ministerial candidate. A film on Bansal was shown at some places.

The city unit of the BJP, along with its candidate Kirron Kher, held a roadshow which started from Khuda Lahora and, after covering the northern sectors, entered Manimajra. The second round of the roadshow started in the afternoon from Sector 61 and covered the southern sectors.

BJP city unit president Sanjay Tandon and former MP Satya Pal Jain accompanied Kher. The supporters threw pamphlets from the vehicles. Interestingly, the volunteers of the Aam Aadmi Party followed them, sweeping away the pamphlets with their brooms.

AAP candidate Gulkirat Kaur Panag’s cavalcade travelled through most parts of the city. Along the way, Panag interacted with the voters at some places. As the procession passed the BJP office, the BJP supporters waved their party flags. In retaliation, the AAP supporters showed brooms. Panag asked people to vote for change.

BSP candidate Jannat Jahan covered most parts of the city, including the urban areas as well as the colonies and villages, starting her roadshow from Sector 35 and concluding it at Dhanas. Party convener Haffiz Anwar-ul-Haq and president Jagir Singh accompanied her. Jahan said that her party would win because all sections of society were supporting it, and people were now frustrated with fake promises made by leaders of other parties.

Members of CPI (ML) held a bike rally in some sectors. The campaigning came to an end at 6 pm.

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