The Pune constituency has 91 critical polling booths and live webcasting of 226 booths would be done to ensure that there is no law and order situation during polling process. Similarly, Baramati has 62 critical polling booths and webcasting of 285 of its polling booths would be done.
Thackeray said the number of soldiers who have died in the last five years was higher than ever before. “More soldiers have died during Modi’s rule, but the Prime Minister was feeding cake to then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by making an unscheduled visit to Pakistan."
The state government has also conveyed that those offices that could not keep their offices closed completely, can give a relaxation of two to three hours to employees, but with the prior permission of the district collector.
Modi is going to address an election rally in Madha in a couple of days and he is likely to make a brief halt at Pune en route, on April 16 or 17. The PMC’s official communication has mentioned that there was a need to “maintain secrecy about the Prime Minister’s visit” due to Model Code of Conduct.
During Rahul’s short visit to Pune — he arrived from Nagpur on Thursday night and left for Chandrapur on Friday evening — he took time out to meet Congress and NCP leaders separately. The two parties are leading the opposition front in the state.
Last year, after delivering a speech in Parliament, Rahul Gandhi, in a dramatic gesture, had walked up to the Treasury Benches and surprised Modi by hugging him. At that time too, he had said that he had no hatred for Modi at a personal level.
It also reflects a considerable softening of NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s stance towards Rahul, years after he famously stated that the Gandhi scion will have to prove his mettle in politics before he could take charge of the Congress party.