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Caps & brooms,inside,outside Metro

On Monday,there was not a place on the Rajiv Chowk Metro station where one could not spot an AAP supporter or the party symbol.

Siddhartha Gupta

On Monday,there was not a place on the Rajiv Chowk Metro station where one could not spot an AAP supporter or the party symbol (the broom) as the party pulled out all stops to campaign for the coming elections.

On the roads leading to the station,at the entrances to the station,on the platforms and inside trains,men and women from different age groups and walks of society could be seen talking to people and urging them to vote for the AAP.

Prem,an AAP volunteer,travelled to Chhattarpur with a huge placard dangling from his neck,which said,“Is Baar Chalegi Jhaadoo”. He also held a broom in his hand. “I slept at 3 last night,” he said,looking tired.

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“After returning from the slums,where we stopped a number of attempts to distribute money and liquor,I got up at 7 and again started campaigning,” he said.

Despite being tired,he spoke enthusiastically inside the train to draw the attention of other passengers. Prem said he had a diploma in mechanical engineering and worked at a factory in Gurgaon.

At the Rajiv Chowk Metro station,a group of four old women were seen engaging in conversation with people,urging them to vote for the AAP. The station was teeming with such volunteers.

Outside,on the road at the turn next to Palika Bazaar,a few volunteers were busy waving brooms at cars zipping by. Calls of “Vote for change,vote for AAP,vote for jhaadoo” filled the entrances to the Metro station.

“The campaigning is quite aggressive. I haven’t seen this before,” a passer-by said.

The effort drew a variety of reactions from the public. Many joined in the effort,donning AAP caps.

Responding to a call for vote,an old man was heard telling one of the AAP volunteers,“You need a haath (hand) to pick up the jhaadoo,” referring to the Congress.

The volunteers were,however,upbeat about the prospects of the party as the campaigning drew to a close.