No soon did voting trends begin to become clear with the election results flowing in, those close to contestants who appeared to be losing began to harbor thoughts of switching camps, with some of them plainly smacking of rank opportunism.
The sudden shift in attitudes was evident at the vote counting centre in Sector 36. After about seven rounds of counting, a visible shift could be noticed In the Congress camp with close aides of the party’s candidate, Pawan Kumar Bansal, began taking jibes at him. One of them said, “Ab dekhenge Bansal araam karenge. Let’s join some other camp.” A couple of other aides, most of whom were in fact polling agents, could even be seen elated showing no signs of anxiety even though the Bansal was trailing.
The scene was no different in the case of BSP candidate Jannat Jahan. Party workers who had earlier handled campaign said: “Hamari wali toh pata nahin 10,000 bhi cross kar payegi ke nahin. Agar 20,000 tak pahunchi phir toh laddoo bhi bant degi.”
However, what turned out to be most interesting was how Kirron Kher, the BJP’s candidate who was on a winning streak, seemed to have all her party workers behind her.
She walked in at the vote counting centre accompanied by senior BJP leader Satyapal Jain, who had earlier contested the parliamentary elections from the city, and Sehdev Salaria, who stood by Kher during her entire campaign.
As Kher was leaving the counting centre an overenthusiastic Jain said, “Let’s order laddoos,” to which she replied, “Let’s wait for some more time”. But Jain was quick to respond: “I’ll commit suicide if you lose, but I can assure you you’ll win, so let me order the laddoos. You just rejoice in the moment.”