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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Stock-taking for Rahul, routine work for Modi, break for others

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 14, 2014
First Published: 00:45 IST(14/5/2014) | Last Updated: 14:04 IST(14/5/2014)

The chief minister in Narendra Modi broke out of the mould of BJP’s Prime Minister hopeful a day after the nine-phase general elections ended on Monday. He was back to routine work in Gujarat on Tuesday while it was more of an election performance assessment day for Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

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And if some star campaigners of Mandate 2014 like AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal spent a quiet day at home, others chose to relax in cooler hill stations or holiday abroad.

“The CM held a meeting with officials to take stock of the drinking water situation in Gujarat in summer. He also had a series of meetings with bureaucrats,” a senior BJP leader said. Modi also met party leaders at the BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar to share his experience during the nationwide campaigning.

Rahul, who logged nearly 165,000km and addressed more than 250 rallies since September 15 last year, had lunch with Congress president Sonia Gandhi at a south Delhi mall. Later, he attended a core group meeting at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s 7, Race Course residence followed by deliberations on the poll outcome with senior party functionaries at 10, Janpath.

Kejriwal, on the other hand, confined himself to his residence on Tuesday after arriving from Varanasi the night before, as did BJP leader Arun Jaitley at his newly acquired home in Chandigarh, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad in Patna. 

SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav too spent the day at his Lucknow home but chose not to switch off completely. His son and UP chief minster Akhilesh Yadav spent the day at his official residence clearing pending files.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee plunged into her daily routine, reviewing the status of various projects at home and later at the state secretariat. 

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan headed for Shimla on May 10 to de-stress from the hectic campaigning. His Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa had rest after the April 24 polls but still took off for her estate in hill resort Ooty. Like Chouhan, she will return to work on Wednesday.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is also expected to return from a holiday in Europe before the results are announced.

Others were preoccupied with party meetings and post-result strategies. They included BJP president Rajnath Singh, BSP chief Mayawati, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and MNS chief Raj Thackeray.

(With inputs from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Patna, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Chennai and Kolkata)


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