Northeast Delhi constituency saw candidates try out different strategies to woo voters just before campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections came to a close in the capital.
By Tuesday morning, residents of the area woke up to see new advertisements at several locations, especially in the densely populated Seelampur and Welcome.
The BJP billboards urged voters to think of Narendra Modi while they voted for Bhojpuri actor Manoj Tiwari. “Modi ki parchhai hai, Manoj hamara bhai hai (He is the shadow of Modi, Manoj is our brother),” the billboards, which residents claimed had been put up just a night before, read.
The move to put new billboards is being seen as the BJPs last-minute effort to connect the sizeable Poorvanchali’s voters from the area. While Tiwari was busy with campaigning, BJP workers were spotted distributing caps to the rickshaw pullers and local residents.
Sitting MP and Congress candidate, Jai Prakash Agarwal’s office in Babbarpur was almost empty. According to the two party workers present in the office, everyone else was out campaigning.
However, just outside the office, local residents, rickshaw pullers and passers by queued up to grab a quick meal being offered there. While this led to a traffic jam in the area, party workers claimed that they had not violated the model code of conduct by offering food.
“It is Navratra. During this time, people do not eat non-vegetarian food and most of them go on a fast. Our party workers are campaigning in this heat so we have made food arrangements for them. This is not a way to garner the votes of rickshaw pullers and auto-rickshaw drivers. Apart from our own party workers, we are them food,” a party worker said.
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party campaigned vociferously till the last minute, taking their message to the voters. Early in morning, candidate Anand Kumar, along with party workers, held a road show in the area, warning voters to be careful and not be drawn by money which others might offer.
“Ab thailiyo ka samay suru ho raha hai, mein nivedan karta hoon sabko, mere bhai behen ko, ki bach ke rahe. Chor aur dacoit se bachao. Pani piyo aur imandar ko chuno (This is the time when money bags will do the rounds. Be wary of the thieves and robbers. Drink water and vote for the honest),” he said.