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Candidates take the road less travelled as curtains fall on campaigning

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Sanjay Nirupam Congress candidate from  North Mumbai

He led a rally, comprising more than 100 motorcycles and four-wheelers, through Kandivali and Borivali between 11 am and  4 pm.

Waving to the passerbys and smiling all the while, Nirupam travelled on a modified vehicle while party workers and supporters trailed him on bikes. “I am confident I am winning this election. The opposition has tried to cut my votes, but I am sure people will be in my favour as I have worked not like an MP, but like a social worker,” said Nirupam. The rally progressed through the Western Express Highway towards Dahisar, Borivali east railway station road and further suburbs. Making a full round of Dahisar and Borivali, the rally ended at the party’s office at Kora Kendra on SV Road at Borivali west, where a lunch of pulav and beans gravy was ready. Nirupam had lunch at 4 pm and went to his cabin to rest. Later, Nirupam strategised with his party members for hours.     — Megha Sood

Sanjay Dina Patil NCP candidate for  Mumbai North East

He began his day from the slums of Govandi. Patil directed his party workers to make the most of the remaining 48 hours before polling. He said they should reach out to as many voters and urge them to vote. Patil also led a rally of over a hundred bikers to Shivaji Nagar. While interacting with people in the area, he asked them to come out in large numbers and vote for NCP. Patil travelled with his supporters to Pant Nagar in Ghatkopar (east) from Govandi. His caravan later moved to Amrut Nagar in Ghatkopar (west) and reached Bhandup. He marked Kannamwar Nagar in Vikhroli as the end point, where he was joined by Home Minister R R Patil.     — Aamir Khan & Priyal Dave

Medha Patkar Aam Aadmi Party candidate for Mumbai North East

A nostalgic Patkar chose Lotus Colony and Shivaji Nagar in Govandi as areas for the last day of her campaign on Tuesday. Patkar, who makes her debut in the Lok Sabha polls, could not hold back tears while reminiscing that the area was the starting point of the People’s Movement she spearheaded 38 years ago. “This is the place, Lotus Colony, where I started my movement 38 years ago. I urge you to support me in my fight against those who only know to fill their pockets,” said the social activist-turned-politician. Launching an attack on the two contestants from rival parties – NCP’s Sanjay Dina and BJP’s Kirit Somaiya – she said both belonged to parties that ranked very low on public perception due to multiple scams. “Sanjay Dina Patil comes from a party that has leaders like Ajit Pawar, who is embroiled in multi-crore irrigation scams. Kirit Somaiya is no less. His party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi lied yesterday at a rally in Mumbai when he said Maharashtra got electricity from the Sardar Sarovar dam,” Patkar alleged. While pointing at pamphlets of the BJP and NCP, she continued…

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