In a massive show of strength, BJP nominee Nitin Gadkari filed his nomination on the last day on Saturday accompanied by over 25,000 supporters.
The Kasturchand park Ground close to the Collectorate here was chock-a-block with vehicles ferrying Gadkari supporters.
The former BJP president, accompanied by select party leaders including state unit chief Devendra Fadnavis and Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Vinod Tawde, then went to the Collector office from the Reserve Bank of India square after garlanding the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar and filed the nomination.
Gadkari later told mediapersons he had a dream to see Nagpur become India’s No 1 city, and he would strive to make it one if elected.
In sharp contrast, Aam Aadmi Party’s Anjali Damania drove to Collectorate along with four colleagues, including husband Anish, and filed her papers.
In a press note, AAP spokesperson Prajakta Atul said, “Damania believes in becoming the change she wants and reached Collectorate precisely at the allotted time along with four others in a very simple manner without drumming of beats. She felt filing nomination is no occasion for show of strength and it is insult to supporters’ efficiency to keep them waiting in searing heat.”
Congress nominee Vilas Muttemwar had filed his papers two days ago.
Over 40 candidates each have filed papers for both Nagpur and Ramtek constituencies by the last day Saturday.
In Bhandara-Gondia also, Praful Patel of NCP filed papers along with thousands of supporters. Sources put the numbers at over 30,000. BJP’s Nana Patole, too, had filed his papers on Friday along with a similar gathering.
Shivajirao Moghe of the Congress, chosen late on Friday night to represent the party after a lot of wrangling, also submitted his nomination at Yavatmal.
The last day for withdrawal is March 26.