Campaigning for the fourth phase of the election came to an end at 5 pm on Tuesday. But politicians in Delhi — the Capital will vote on May 7 — were far from relaxed in the evening.
When Hindustan Times spoke to some of them, it emerged that their hands were as full with work as before and none of them were ready for a break yet. The end result of polls, they said, depended a lot on how candidates worked out the last minute details.
“Where is the time to relax? The campaigning has come to an end, but the real work of motivating party workers who will be posted at booths would start now. Tomorrow, I will spend the whole day meeting the party workers to finalise last minute details,” said Kapil Sibal, the sitting MP and Congress candidate from Chandni Chowk constituency.
Vijay Goel, BJP candidate for New Delhi seat agreed. “Campaigning is the first part. The crucial phase starts now. I will meet all the polling agents in my constituency tonight and brief them on how to go about their work. Their feedback is very important. Based on their feedback, we will plug the last minute loopholes,” said Goel.
His rival and sitting Congress MP from New Delhi Ajay Maken said now that campaigning was out of the way, he would spend all his waking moments in close door meetings with party workers and polling agents.
“We will chalk out booth level strategies and allocate work to the party’s polling agents. There will a lot of time to unwind, but not yet,” said Maken.
Motivating booth level workers also appeared high on the agenda of Ramesh Bidhuri and Vijender Gupta, BJP candidates for south Delhi and Chandni Chowk.
“It has been a gruelling campaign schedule. In the last one month, I slept only for 3-4 hours on any given day. But I think I will wait till May 7 before taking a break. I have worked hard for over a month and I don't want to spoil it now. This is the time to sit with workers and motivate them and ensure that each and every voter in the constituency comes out to exercise their franchise,” said Vijender Gupta.