Here is a selection of five must-read stories from today’s edition of The Indian Express.
1. Poll campaign ends
In the final hours of campaigning for the most bitterly contested elections in Delhi, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal slipped in a line he hadn’t used all day in his appeal for votes. “You, not I, will take oath of office on February 15,” he told people. His main challenger Kiran Bedi called out as “a mother to all of you”.
2. Hopeful Congress
When Assembly elections were announced in Delhi for the second time in as many years, former union minister Ajay Maken was given the unenviable task of reviving the Congress party in Delhi. With campaigning drawing to a close on Thursday, Maken hoped that he has done enough to convince people “to have faith in the Congress”.
3. Two main contenders — BJP and AAP
It’s long been apparent that this Delhi election, there are only two main contenders — BJP and AAP — while the Congress considers its future at a distant third place. But even by this low expectation, the Pradesh Congress office at Rajiv Bhawan was surprisingly deserted on Thursday.
On the eve of the Delhi polls, rhetoric took over facts. Tall promises of how Delhi will be transformed into a dream city in the foreseeable future are punctuated by mudslinging, character assassination, and a litany of charges of failure to govern, bribery, suppression of minorities, religious bigotry, and unabated violence against women.
If only Mike Gatting hadn’t played that doomed reverse-sweep. It was around noon in Wonersh, a tiny village town in Surrey, and I had just got back home. As I saw the catch being taken, all I thought of was, “Why couldn’t he have hit it to some dozen gaps that were available to him?” It was a seminal moment in English sporting history. We hadn’t won a football World Cup for more than 20 years. To boot hadn’t had a Wimbledon winner for some 50 years.