At 1 pm, the Congress state office wore a deserted look. The highly publicised information wing office was locked. Congress general secretary Vijay Saraswat was missing from the office. He had claimed a day before that a Congress task force member will keep updating about poll pattern on polling day.
Lal Chand Sharma, former city president of Congress, was the only leader who was visible and spent some 15 minutes at office. Besides, one office clerk was sitting in the office.
“I went on a tour of various parts of the constituency. We try to mobilise voters. The rest depends on different factors,” Sharma said when HT inquired about polling trends. “Neta log to ate jate rehte hai bhaiji (leaders keep coming and going),” Sharma smiled.
The voting trend in capital is to be blamed for the grim mood at the party office. Riding on double incumbency - against state and central governments - the Congress is in a do or die mode. Voters in Dehradun voted for two constituencies, Tehri and Haridwar. In Tehri former CM Vijay Bahuguna’s image is at stake while in Haridwar, CM Harish Rawat’s wife intends to carry forward the baton given by her husband.
Even as the mood was sombre at the Congress office, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cadres were busy collecting poll data from across the state.