April 22, 2009 1:18:20 am
The last leg of campaigning saw the Maratha,Brahmin organisations and even people from other minority organisations openly pledging support to Congress Suresh Kalmadi.
In a press conference,organisations like Shiv Sangram,Sambhaji Brigade,Jijau Brigade and Akhil Maratha Seva Sangh extended their support to Kalmadi hoping that he would take up the reservation issue of the Maratha community.
Speaking at the conference,representatives said that even as the BJP has a Maratha candidate referring to Anil Shirole,he was not keen to support the Maratha reservation. M Salunke of Maratha Seva Sangh said that it was the first time that they were openly pledging support to Kalmadi against the belief that the Marathas will support only a Maratha.
Meanwhile,the members of various Brahmin organisations too extended their support to Kalmadi. Moreshwar Ghaisas Guruji,one of the main organisers of the the All India Bahubhashik Brahamin Convention held recently,said that he will definitely stand by Kalmadi,while members of the Other Backward Communities (OBC) too pledged their support to Kalmadi.
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I have had the support of NCP president Sharad Pawar and Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi came to Pune to campaign for me while NCPs RR Patil,Chhagan Bhujbal,Dilip Walse-Patil,Govindrao Adik and Praful Patel have supported me, he said. Kalmadi said that to continue and complete the development works he started,he should be given a second chance.
Praful Patel at rally
EVEN as Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel was present for the closing ceremony of Kalmadis campaign,Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar gave it a miss. Patel said that he was a messenger of Pawar and was present to reassure the NCP support to Kalmadi. Kalmadi said that Pawar had five sabhas in Pune.
Patel said: He was the one to kick of the campaign and he had directed me to come here as he had to go to his constituency. We want the Congress-NCP alliance to continue in the assembly elections as well, he said without mentioning the Pune pattern.
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