In East Delhi, candidates focus on weak links

Dikshit took on the BJP for releasing the election manifesto on the eve of the first day of polling.

Written by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi | Published:April 9, 2014 1:54 am

Candidates in East Delhi spent the last day of campaign mostly visiting areas left untouched and those where they wanted to strengthen their presence.

Congress’s Sandeep Dikshit began as early as 6 am, visiting parks in Patparganj. Reminding voters of the “changing face of Delhi”, he refrained from mentioning former chief minister Sheila Dikshit name and attributed the development to the “Congress sarkar” in the last 15 years in the capital.

By 8 am, Dikshit was in West Vinod Nagar, from where he moved to the Okhla Assembly constituency. Dikshit took on the BJP for releasing the election manifesto on the eve of the first day of polling.

“Looking at the way BJP is giving tickets to those joining the party in the middle of the election season, it is clear that they do not have enough candidates to fight a national election,” Dikshit claimed.

BJP candidate Maheish Girri’s campaign reached its crescendo with speeches and street plays. Girri highlighted his background in social service in slums and JJ colonies in Patparganj area — the latter believed to be a party stronghold.

Of the three candidates, Girri is the most active on social media. He was seen riding a scooter through the constituency to increase one-to-one contact. “I wanted to visit all 130 slums of East Delhi where I had worked. Therefore, we thought of a scooter rally,” Girri said. He reminded voters that while the other two candidates boasted of dynasties, he wanted his work to speak for him.

Aam Aadmi Party candidate Rajmohan Gandhi campaigned in Patparganj and Krishna Nagar, accompanied by former Delhi Urban Development minister Manish Sisodia. Their roadshow received an overwhelming response, which Gandhi interpreted as a “sign of victory” for the party.

He started his day from Gandhi Nagar, visiting parks in Patparganj. There he sat down with the voters, listened to their issues and took note of their problems. Gandhi urged voters to support him, promising them a “transparent, accountable and citizen-centric” form of governance. “This is the idea that AAP promises and delivered in its short stint of 49 days,” he said.

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