With just three days to go before city residents go to the polls, hectic preparations by political parties for D-Day, including last minute changes in strategy, are under way.
The aim now is to cover more eligible voters in less time with traditional nukkad nataks and band shows thrown in. All parties have scheduled road shows on April 8 before campaigning comes to an end at 5 pm.
The road shows will be held all over the city as well as in its periphery. The Youth Congress plans to hold a “scooter rally” while the BJP’s road show from morning 8 am to 5 pm on April 8.
The Aam Aadmi Party will also concentrate its efforts on road shows for the next two days. AAP candidate Gul Panag’s campaign manager Munish Raizada said: “For the last two days our focus will primarily be on slum colonies where road shows will be held.”
Meanwhile, BSP candidate Naina Hafiz said she will go around the city on Monday and the party will hold a road show on Tuesday, adding nukkad meetings have also been lined up.
For the BJP the voter mobilisation strategy has shifted from padyatras to public meetings. Giving details BJP local unit chief Sanjay Tandon said: “We have told our grassroots workers to concentrate on booths.
Narendra Modi’s office will be connected to every booth in the country through TV. Sources close to the Congress party said public meetings were being held in different city sectors to reach out to all residents.
The AAP will also hold meeting in different sectors.
Congress and BJP councillors, AAP volunteers and BSP supporters are engaged in doorto-door campaigning in the areas assigned to them. Parties are concentrating on booths and polling agents are being briefed on their tasks.
The last minute strategy of the two major parties appears to be going after minority votes with the BJP holding a Muslim sammelan and senior Congress leader Mohsina Kidwai addressing a rally aimed at minorities in the city.
The Congress also intends to bring in Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Bajwa to address city residents. There are about 40,000 Muslim and 75,000 Sikh eligible voters.