Navjot Sidhu comes to South Delhi to score for BJP's Ramesh Bidhuri

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu joined BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri in South Delhi constituency on the last day of campaigning on Tuesday.

Sidhu, who arrived in a Mercedes Benz in Saket, later joined Bidhuri in a jeep. As the roadshow crossed Saket, the crowd swelled.

Veena, 49, a resident of Saket, was up since 6 am to join the roadshow at 8 am. “Since this is an upscale area, residents are not too enthusiastic when politicians visit the area. However, this is a BJP stronghold and Bidhuri will win by a huge margin,” said Veena, who has been actively supporting “Modi’s party” for the past one year.

“Vote for the lotus symbol,” Bidhuri asked voters with folded hands as he rushed from one residential complex to another. A few residents were spotted coming out of their houses to wave to him.

“I am not sure yet if my vote will go to BJP,” said 70-year-old Saket resident Narendar, as the loudspeaker boomed “Bharat ko Gujarat banaenge (We will turn India into Gujarat)”.

Over 70 cars and 300 bikes joined the trail as it passed through Nehru Place, Govindpuri, Tughlakabad Extension, Tughlakabad village, Hamdard Nagar, Sangam Vihar and Ambedkar Nagar. They occasionally stopped to interact with people on the main road before halting for a while in Tughlakabad.

Vinod, who was sporting a ‘NaMo tea party’ T-shirt, was seen trying to capture Sidhu on his cellphone in Tughlakabad Extension. “I joined the campaign today to see Sidhu,” said the labourer in his early 20s. Sidhu travelled with Bidhuri from Saket till Sangam Vihar. “I am here to support my friend Bidhuri as I believe he is the leader South Delhi deserves. He has ensured all-round development in this constituency,” said Sidhu, while canvassing for votes. 

Launching a direct attack on AAP and Congress, Bidhuri said, “People are convinced that AAP was fooling them. Their 49-day tenure proved that they do not want to work for people. Their experience with Congress has also been bitter. So, BJP is the only alternative.”

“People will vote for us for a stable government. They know only Modi sarkar can fulifil the promises made to them,” added Bidhuri. The South Delhi candidate covered 150 colonies on Tuesday. “As this is the last day of campaigning, I want to meet as many people as possible.”

As Bidhuri got down from the jeep in Sangam Vihar, a huge crowd erupted in cheers with a few making a beeline to garland him. “My prediction is he will win by five lakh votes,” said Santosh Goel, a party supporter. The campaign concluded in Saket. 

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