After being soaked in hectic campaigns and rallies followed by the much awaited day of assembly polls on Saturday, majority of political leaders marked Sunday as a day of relaxation in varied ways and for the upcoming days are more than keen to dedicate maximum quality time with their kith and kin.
Some of them got so tired that they could not even get up at their usual wake-up timings of around 6 am or 7 am and for some even 5 am during the days of elections.
Take Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP’s) Ahbaab Singh Grewal for instance. He usually gets up around 6 am but on Sunday, he woke up around 10.45 am and then headed straight towards one of his favourite hair salons located at Choti market of Sarabha Nagar for a haircut and trimming of beard.
His barber was also surprised to see him after a long time and as he took his chair facing the grand mirror in front, locals in the market were quick to spot him and started coming to meet him one after the other, wishing him all the luck for election results.
Several of them said AAP had got a good report in their region and they were hopeful for the party’s success, to which he replied, “These interactions packed with hopes and best wishes have taken away all my tiredness.”
As he took leave from the barber, he called his wife to be ready for shopping and outing with their 5-year-old son and here is how he painted his excitement: “Seriously, during elections, I could not devote quality time to my family, especially my sweet son.
So, from today itself, I will dedicate all my time for him and my wife. We will be visiting malls in the city, do some shopping and for the coming days, we are planning to visit hill stations, such as Solan, where I have another home.”
Like Grewal, BJP’s Parveen Bansal also spent his morning hours at his barber’s shop nestled in busy South Model market. “I never got time for my essential grooming till February 4, which is why I decided to land first of all to my barber’s shop.
It was good to get a haircut and I loved the way locals in the market came forward to meet me. I wanted to meet almost everyone but have to rush back as my family is waiting for me as we have planned to attend a religious function, followed by visits to local temples,” he shared as he got back to his car post the haircut.
In the afternoon, Bansal and his family planned for a movie show in one of the malls and having enjoyed it, decided to have more such outings with an aim to spend quality time with each other.
When it comes to Bharat Bhushan Ashu of Congress, he also laughed at his wake up time. “I have been getting up sharp at 5.30 am ever since election campaigns commenced but today, I got up around 7.15 am. Through these extended sleeping hours, I was able to beat some tiredness,” said Ashu, who post his morning tea, landed directly into his garden to indulge in his favourite hobby of gardening and decided to devote time for it every morning from now on.
“I loved being in the garden after a long time. It offered me a lot of peace and joy and till I have time, I will daily devote at least an hour here. Besides this, I want to be with my family and especially ensure that we take all three meals of the day and even any tea or coffee sessions together, as this will also greatly contribute to relax me,” said Ashu, smiling.
Jiwan Singh Sangowal from AAP, who has been getting up around 3.30 or 4 am, also got late on Sunday. He woke up around 6 am, like others, terming it a result of tiredness. For the whole day, he went on to get many calls from several NRI supporters and planned to meet all his volunteers in the coming days to thank them for their support during the campaigns.
Congress candidate Rakesh Pandey’s morning remained packed with some social functions, while his family has begun packing suitcases for a religious trip to Shirdi temple in Maharashtra in the coming days.
On the other hand, there also some who termed their routine as no different from the days gone by. AAP’s HS Phoolka also conducted meetings with party volunteers and in the morning, he went to Chugawan village in Moga to attend cremation of an AAP volunteer Ashpreet Singh Chugawan, 22, who passed away few days before the polling.
Simarjeet Singh Bains of Lok Insaaf Party reached his office around 8 am to meet the locals as they have been coming to meet him for several months and later in the day, he went to attend some social functions in different pockets of the district.
(TEXT BY: Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, with inputs from Arjun Sharma, Sumeer Singh, Harshraj Singh and Tarsem Singh Deogan)