With only 20 days left for them to reach out to voters, candidates contesting the Pune Lok Sabha seat are trying all possible means to impress local residents and garner votes.
Aam Aadmi Party candidate Subhash Ware has adopted the style of his party chief Arvind Kejriwal to appeal to voters. On Wednesday, he had dinner with residents of Ambedkarnagar slums near Market Yard and stayed there overnight.
“We got double benefit with the initiative. It is difficult to interact with residents during road shows. Staying with them allowed us to understand their problems and explain the programme of the party. The party workers also had a lifetime experience of getting to know the problems of voters first hand,” Ware said on Thursday. The AAP candidate has planned more such night-outs in various localities across the city.
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MNS candidate Deepak Paigude was seen taking an autorickshaw ride to the collector’s office to file his nomination papers. “The MNS candidate was an autorickshaw driver and later went on to become a PMC corporator, then a legislator and is now contesting the election to become an MP. He has set up various organisations but is known to have provided all possible financial assistance to the needy. He travelled by an autorickshaw to show that he has not forgotten his roots,” said an MNS leader.
Congress candidate Vishwajeet Kadam has managed to grab attention of voters by playing his campaign songs on the tunes of Marathi film songs. “The use of songs for promotion of candidate is normally done in rural area as it gets good response. The same is being tried here as it would be something new in the urban area,” said a Congress leader.
The party candidate is busy conducting one-to-one meetings with community leaders and holding public rallies across the city but the songs played through mobile public address system ensures that Kadam reaches out to more voters at one go.
BJP candidate Anil Shirole has been putting his views forward to woo voters by participating in debates organised by social organisations. He is also using the early mornings to reach out to voters out on a walk.