With just a day left for the municipal polls, heavyweights of political parties hopped from gurudwaras to temples across the Capital to seek blessings and pray for a good result.
Starting from chief minister Sheila Dikshit to ailing former Delhi CM Madan Lal Khurana, starlet Nagma and cricketer Kapil Dev, leaders and supporters took to the streets promising development if elected to power.
In the BJP camp, however, murmurs of disappointment were heard as their star campaigner and Delhi co-in-charge Navjot Singh Sidhu gave the polls a miss due to the ongoing IPL.
Dikshit and health minister Kiran Walia visited a gurdwara in Safdarjung Enclave, but denied that the visit had nothing to do with the polls. “I just wanted to pay my reverence on the day of Baisakhi,” Dikshit said. Straight from there, Dikshit drove to a temple in another south Delhi locality.
“There is a vast difference between Congress-led Delhi and BJP-led MCD. If we get the people’s mandate, the country will see a different and more developed Delhi,” she told HT.
From the BJP camp, party secretary Vani Tripathi, former Uttarakhand CM, BC Khandoori, senior BJP leader Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Shahnawaz Hussain and Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi campaigned for regional and minority votes.
Senior leaders Vijay Jolly, Harish Khurana and party national general secretary Ramlal visited gurudwara Rakabganj to appease the Sikh community. Delhi in-charge Venkaiah Naidu also met Sikh leaders at his residence.
Union minister Kapil Sibal said the BJP-run MCD had been unable fulfill its duties of providing civic amenities.
Despite the criticism, BJP declared that it would come back to power and win more than 200 of the 272 wards in the municipal polls.
State BJP president Vijender Gupta and senior BJP leader VK Malhotra said that the people of Delhi would vote for BJP because they were tired of the inflation and corruption surrounding the Congress government in the state and at the Centre.