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Kapil Sibal,the Congress Candidate from Chandni Chowk,packed his day with several meetings and a press conference with LJP leader Shoaib Iqbal. He hardly had any time to eat,he said.

New Delhi |
May 6, 2009 1:00:35 am

A peek into what candidates did on the last day of campaigning before voters cast their verdict on Thursday

Kapil Sibal,the Congress Candidate from Chandni Chowk,packed his day with several meetings and a press conference with LJP leader Shoaib Iqbal. He hardly had any time to eat,he said. Meeting people in his constituency since 7 am,he said,“I probably met more than 1,000 people.” Even at 7 pm he was busy conducting meetings. “No time to rest. Tomorrow again there is work,” he said.

Sandeep Dikshit, the Congress candidate from East Delhi,said he “felt good” about his campaign. Dikshit had to cancel public meetings in Seelampur,as arrangements had to be made for a public meeting by Rahul Gandhi there. Dikshit reached Gandhi’s public meeting at 2 pm to monitor arrangements and was there till 5 pm. “A lot remains to be done. The unwinding process will only begin after May 7,” he said.

J P Aggarwal,the Congress candidate from Northeast Delhi,spent the last day of campaigning doing padyatras. His car became his dining room as during short breaks from campaigning,he had his breakfast,lunch and dinner in it. Aggarwal also attended Rahul Gandhi’s public meeting in Seelampur. “I met my father’s co-workers from his days in the Congress (during campaigning),” he said. “It was fun.”

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Chetan Chauhan, the BJP candidate from East Delhi,started his campaign by meeting morning walkers and joggers. This was followed by public meetings. After a lunch of rice,dal and mixed vegetables,Chauhan addressed a joint public meeting with B L Sharma “Prem” in Kondli. When his campaign wound up at 5 pm,he headed to the Hanuman Mandir in Shankar Vihar “to seek God’s blessings.” Sleep-deprived,Chauhan said he intends to unwind by sleeping.

Jagdish Mukhi, the BJP candidate from West Delhi,organised a “grand road show” across the constituency on Tuesday. He was accompanied by former Delhi CM Madan Lal Khurana and MLAs H S Balli and O P Babbar. “I wish to develop the West Delhi constituency on the lines of the Janakpuri Assembly constituency,it will be my top most priority,” he said.

Rakesh Hans,the BSP candidate from Northwest Delhi,may have had a slow start but on Tuesday he went around the whole constituency with an entourage of 30 cars. He said,“I am 100 per cent sure we are going to win this seat because people in villages,resettlement colonies and unauthorised colonies will vote for the BSP.”

Vijay Goel, the BJP candidate from New Delhi,started his day around 6 am with a short session of pranayam and had poha and fruits for breakfast. After a jeep-yatra through Karol Bagh and a meeting with a delegation of traders and party leader Arun Jaitley at the BJP office,Goel attended a mahapanchayat. With campaigning finally over,Goel said: “There is still a lot of planning and preparation to be done.”

Meera Kanwaria, BJP candidate from Northwest Delhi,campaigned across the Mangolpuri,Mundka and Nangloi areas without break. Draped in a soothing pink cotton sari,the former Delhi Mayor urged voters to support the BJP. Parvesh Verma,who was accompanying Kanwaria,did most of the talking in village Ladpur,a Jat-dominated locality. Kanwaria kept a tight timetable and reached most of her destinations on time.

Ramesh Kumar,the Congress candidate from South Delhi,and brother Sajjan Kumar started his campaign at 7.30 am in Mahipalpur,a BJP stronghold. Next up was Lal Kuan in the Tughalakabad area,which BJP candidate Ramesh Bidhuri has been representing in the Assembly for a decade. This was followed by one-on-one meetings with “influential people” of the area at their office. While Sajjan Kumar held a press conference,Ramesh Kumar wrapped up his day with campaigning in Kapashera,Rajokri and Rangpuri.

Ajay Maken,the Congress Candidate from New Delhi,wrapped up his campaign by posing next to a life-sized cut-out of himself. “I don’t need a fashion designer or a film actor to pull the crowds,” Maken said. Having skipped lunch,he survived on samosas and mithai offered by supporters. He made a short trip to Vice President Hamid Ansari’s residence,requesting Ansari to vote for him.

Mahabal Mishra,the Congress candidate from West Delhi,went on padyatras and addressed corner meetings on the last day of campaigning. He sought votes in the name of development and the Congress central leadership. The last leg of his campaign included padyatras in Chowkhandi,Mahavir Enclave and Najafgarh,areas Mishra considers his “strongholds”.

Ramesh Bidhuri, the BJP candidate from South Delhi,started his day at 6 am in the Palam Assembly seat,where he is facing resistance from party colleague and Palam MLA Dharam Dev Solanki. This was followed by a tour of areas falling under the Kalkaji Assembly constituency,which has been under the Congress for a decade. Before 5 pm,Bidhuri was back at Bijwasan,where he is having trouble with party MLA Satprakash Rana. He looked busier post-campaigning,hopping between one-on-one meetings with his polling agents and attending 12 weddings in the constituency.

Kanwar Singh Tanwar, the BSP candidate from South Delhi,made the most of the last day of campaigning. Having woken up at 4 am,Tanwar caught up with morning walkers. He campaigned through the afternoon,visiting Saket,Sainik Farms,Satla Jaab,Khanpur and other areas he hadn’t focused on.

Vijender Gupta,the BJP candidate from Chandni Chowk,had a “fun” day flying pigeons in the Matia Mahal area. Gupta said,“Many people joined us and we connected over that.” He didn’t find the time to eat a proper meal during the day because of the numerous padyatras he undertook in various parts of his constituency. His evening too was packed with meetings.

B L Sharma “PREM”,the BJP candidate from Northeast Delhi,left home around 6.30 am and met party workers at Yamuna Vihar. Next,he went on a padyatra in Gokulpuri. Most part of the afternoon was spent campaigning for Chetan Chauhan and they took part in a roadshow in Karkardooma and visited East Delhi.

Krishna Tirath,the Congress candidate from Northwest Delhi,spent most of her time on Tuesday making a list of polling agents for Thursday. This seat includes areas from Outer Delhi,Sajjan Kumar’s erstwhile constituency,and Tirath is banking on his supporters. “I am confident of winning with a margin of lakhs of votes,” she said.

Sunil Kumar Parchha,the Samajwadi Party candidate from Northwest Delhi,organised a rally at Sultanpuri,which was attended by around 700-800 people from the resettlement colonies here.

Deepak Bhardawaj,the BSP candidate from West Delhi,started his campaign at 7.30 am and covered four Assembly constituencies,two before lunch and two in the evening. He went to the staff quarters at Tihar Jail and also interacted with the residents of the Nari Niketan here.

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