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HindustanTimes Wed,23 Jul 2014

Lacklustre end to election campaigns in Mumbai

HT Correspondent  Mumbai, April 23, 2014
First Published: 12:24 IST(23/4/2014) | Last Updated: 12:30 IST(23/4/2014)

The ball’s in the voters’ court now. On Tuesday, campaigning in 19 constituencies, including six in Mumbai, ended. On Thursday, Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and several other constituencies will go to polls.

Across the city’s six constituencies, candidates used the last day to concentrate on areas where they expect to win more votes, with the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena combine making a strong attempt at wooing voters away from the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party alliance, which won all six seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

In Mumbai south-central constituency, sitting MP and Congress candidate Eknath Gaikwad took a final tour of the constituency. He said he had done his job and now it’s up to the voters. “I have done my best. Now let’s see the results,” he said.

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The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) held a rally here, with its young party workers travelling through the constituency.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also held a low-key rally, with its workers donning white Nehru caps and brooms and urging people to vote for change. “It was a hectic day of campaigni ng,” said AAP’s Mumbai south-central candidate Sundar Balakrishnan.

In Mumbai north-east, the NCP’s sitting MP Sanjay Dina Patil went on a rally accompanied by hundreds of supporters, starting at Mulund and ending at Kannamwar Nagar in Vikhroli.

The AAP held its final road show from Ghatkopar (East) to Mankhurd while BJP candidate Kirit Somaiya chose to meet commuters outside Vidyavihar station and later undertook a rath yatra in Powai and Vikhroli.

His day ended with public meetings at Ghatkopar and Mankhurd. I n Ghatkopar, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray joined Somaiya, while BJP leader Gopinath Munde was with him at Mankhurd.

In Mumbai north, candidates chose to keep their campaigns short. While sitting Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam held a rally for three hours in the afternoon, his principal opponent, BJP candidate Gopal Shetty, preferred to meet party workers and citizens’ groups.

An aide of Nirupam’s blamed t he scorching heat for t he early wrap-up.

“As Narendra Modi had a rally on Monday, we felt there was no need to campaign on the last day,” said an aide of Shetty.

AAP candidate Satish Jain concluded his one-month campaign by holding a rally in areas along Western Express Highway till 4pm.


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