In Chandni Chowk, a last minute wooing of voters

BJP’s Harsh Vardhan divided his campaign between the Muslim-dominated Assembly seats, which have been his focus over the last three days and the trading community.

New Delhi | Published:April 9, 2014 1:09 am

The Chandni Chowk constituency saw a series of roadshows, jansabhas and padyatras on the last day of campaigning on Tuesday.

Congress candidate and sitting MP Kapil Sibal undertook a three-hour roadshow from Jamia Nagar with his wife soon after the afternoon prayers. It went around the traditional support base of the party.

Around 10 e-rickshaws with the slogan “Aap ka Sibal” piloted his jeep, while a huge group of women supporters trailed him till Delhi Gate.

Party workers could be seen distributing pamphlets in Urdu detailing the work done by Sibal. A worker said this was done to mitigate the negative publicity about Sibal allegedly neglecting his constituency for government work.

Sibal’s campaign song, which he himself had penned, blared from loudspeakers all along the route the roadshow took.

BJP’s Harsh Vardhan divided his campaign between the Muslim-dominated Assembly seats, which have been his focus over the last three days and the trading community. He also canvassed for votes in areas with a significant Sikh population such as Ashok Vihar, Pitampura, Keshavpuram and Sadar Bazar.

Harsh Vardhan was accompanied by party leader and cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu on an open truck. Supporters who coined a new slogan, “Sibal bhaga, Sibal bhaga, doctor aaya, doctor aaya”, also burst crackers near Metro stations in Kanhaiyya Nagar and Keshavpuram leading to traffic snarls for about half an hour and trailed the duo.

A radio advertisement in Harsh Vardhan’s voice reminded people that “this election you are not just voting for your MP, you are voting to make Narendra Modi your prime minister”.

The AAP did vigorous campaigning in the constituency over the weekend, bringing in its two star campaigners, Arvind Kejriwal and Kumar Vishwas. Kejriwal concentrated on Muslim-dominated areas. The party has been concentrating on Dalit colonies and the trading community in the constituency and the last padyatras were concentrated in Wazirpur slums, Sadar Bazaar and Shalimar Bagh.

Party candidate Ashutosh reiterated the reasons for Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation as chief minister, explaining the “philosophy of the party” during his campaign. By 12 pm, Ashutosh had to wind up his padyatras due to “dehydration and cramped legs”.

“Feeling very angry with myself. This morning due to dehydration my legs cramped and wobbling. Managed padyatra till 12…,”Ashutosh tweeted later in the day. He said the campaigning was a “mind blowing experience” that helped him to “explore a new India, make new friends, see selfless humans and some bad ones too”.

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