East Delhi hopefuls make final push for votes

For residents of East Delhi, Tuesday was a show of electioneering in full throttle. Congress party’s Sandeep Dikshit, BJP’s Maheish Girri and AAP’s Rajmohan Gandhi visited many localities with scores of supporters. 

In many areas where these leaders were not able to reach, their supporters held roadshows with loudspeakers, party posters and pamphlets to woo voters till the last hour of campaigning, which ended at 6 pm.

While Dikshit visited Muslim dominated Okhla, Mandawali, Indraprastha Extension and Jamia University area for public meetings and roadshows, BJP’s Girri visited Farsh Bazaar, Bihari Colony and adjacent areas. 

AAP’s Gandhi, who is also the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, held padyatras in Patparganj and nearby areas. Former Delhi minister Manish Sisodia accompanied Gandhi in his roadshows.

Gandhi used his childhood photographs with his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi and sought votes on the achievements of the AAP government in Delhi. All the candidates and party workers started their campaigns early morning. The windshields of cars parked in various societies of East Delhi were found covered with four-five pamphlets from different parties seeking their votes.

Dikshit sought votes from residents with slogans like “Naam pe nahi kaam pe vote (Vote for work, not for names)”. MLAs from the constituency accompanied Dikshit in their areas. Girri’s campaign was dominated by NaMo chants. 

In North-East Delhi too, the contenders were seen in a last moment rush in meeting as many voters as they can. BJP’s candidate and Bhojpuri actor-singer Manoj Tiwari started his campaign early morning and visited Timarpur, Bhajanpura, Mukherji Nagar, Buradi and a dozen localities till late evening.

Congress party’s J P Agarwal also launched his last day of campaign with full force and visited a number of localities. 

AAP’s Anand Kumar, former professor of JNU, shared details of his election campaign with reporters in the afternoon and expressed confidence of winning the elections. 

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