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Hectic campaigning on the last day

india Updated: Oct 30, 2006 01:14 IST

LAST DAY of campaigning for the urban local bodies election saw hectic canvassing by all political parties.

Meanwhile, many social organisations have extended support to particular political party or candidates. Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Swarn Mahasangh (ABSM) exhorted the upper cast community to defeat the Samajwadi Party and Congress mayoral candidates.

These parties were pro caste-based reservation, said the members. ABSM leaders said they did not oppose reservation on economic and social grounds, but caste-based reservation was against the provisions of the Indian Constitution.

The leaders further said detailed information in this regard was being collected and they would file a petition in the apex court. KK Mishra, Gynendra Shukla, VN Awashthi and Awdesh Kumar Panday were some of the prominent leaders present on the occasion.

Another organisation, the Nagar Kushwah Shabha Kanpur (NKSK) extended its support to mayoral candidate supported by the Bahujan Samaj Party Md Salim Ahmad. Talking to newsmen, NKSK president said about 1.3 lakh voters hailed from the community. The NKSK would try and swing their support in favour of Ahmad, he said.

Similarly, various leaders of the Brahmin community have extended their support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s mayoral candidate Ravindra Patni. Leaders seeking votes for Patni included former deputy leader of BJP Awdhesh Panday, former vice chairman of the Nagar Nigam Hemant Diwedi, former coporators Gynendra Shukla, Ravindra Tripathi, and Kamalkant Shukla.   

Akhilesh promises development

MEMBER OF Parliament Akhilesh Singh today assured Kanpurites of overall development of the city on the lines of development of the State Capital if party’s mayoral candidate wins the election.

He also promised uninterrupted power supply to the city for more than 18 hours if the party’s mayoral candidate Neeraj Chaturvedi wins the election.  
Akhilesh Singh was in the city to campaign for the mayoral candidate Neeraj Chaturvedi.

Talking to newsmen at the residence of senior leader of the party, Surendra Mohan Agarwal here on Sunday, Singh said, “I can assure overall development of Kanpur city if the party candidate for the mayoral seat wins the election.”

Replying to a query, he stated that the problem related to power crisis of the city would be solved. He assured 18 hours of power supply to the city, but once again at the condition of victory of the mayoral candidate of the party Neeraj Chaturvedi. On the importance of local bodies election, Singh said that for other parties these elections might be semi-final, but for SP it was a final.

“The results of local bodies elections will decide the fate of the party in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections,” Singh asserted.  Flaying the Congress, he said that it was due to wrong policies of the Congress that the development of urban areas has come to a standstill.

Attacking the BJP, the SP leader said, “BJP has never fulfilled its promise. Be it the promise of generating electricity from garbage or any other promise.