Day before,candidates go door to door for ‘low-key’ campaigning

Even though the official period ended on Tuesday evening,last-minute low-key campaigning continued on Wednesday.

Written by Sharvari Patwa | Mumbai | Published:February 16, 2012 5:52 am

Even though the official period ended on Tuesday evening,last-minute low-key campaigning continued on Wednesday.

Shiv Sena candidate from ward 134 in Mandala and Mankhurd village visited residents of his ward to canvass on Wednesday. “I have been campaigning door to door and meeting residents I had not visited for the past few days. I usually go alone or with one or two party workers. This is the most important time to network with the residents who will come out and vote on Thursday,” said Rahul Shewale,Standing Committee chairman and Shiv Sena corporator.

Shewale has also been meeting party workers and guiding them how to woo voters,network with residents and help them find their booths.

While candidates such as Shewale — who lost a lot of weight in the past few months,thanks to the hectic campaign process — are eager to take time off after elections to spend time with family,there are some like Congress corporator and candidate from ward 227,Vinod Shekar,for whom it will be back to work after the elections.

“I have had continuous meetings with party workers to explain their job on the election day. We will have separate stalls of our party at some polling booths to help voters find their centres and our party workers will help them,” said Shekar. He has also been calling up residents in his area to remind them to vote for him and to listen to their demands.

Meanwhile,BJP corporator and candidate from ward 103,Mulund,Manoj Kotak spent his day discussing strategy with party workers. “I have been meeting and networking with party workers,sympathisers and planning strategies on how to woo voters,ensure that voter turnout is good,among other things,” said Kotak,who is fighting from a different ward after his original ward was reserved under women OBC.

While her daughter’s marriage some weeks later is at the back of her mind,Shiv Sena candidate from Lokhandwala,Rajul Patel has not stopped campaigning or meeting her party workers.

“It has been difficult to concentrate on work when there is a marriage in the family,but I am fully dedicated to my work and think of family later,” said Patel,who was seen visiting shopkeepers and residents in her ward to request for votes,on Wednesday.

“I also went to the Lokhandwala park for a walk where I requested people to vote for me on Thursday morning before they come for a walk in the garden,” said Patel.

While the Election Commission does not permit largescale campaigning a day before the elections,it does not object to candidates visiting the homes of residents alone or accompanied by a maximum of four persons.

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