On Sunday, top political leaders of various parties exchanged verbal blows in a bid to convince voters to support their respective candidates in the fray for 10 seats in Mumbai and adjoining Thane district.
Regionalism, terrorism, infrastructure and economic concerns were among main issues these top guns dealt with in their own inimitable styles.
The 10 seats of the last polling phase are crucial for all the parties, especially for MNS-Sena because of larger presence of their vote banks in the Mumbai metropolitan region. Also, the two districts will account for over 60 seats in the next state elections and decide the fate of any government in the making.
The Congress-NCP combine relies on its traditional voters — the north Indians, Dalits and Muslims.
Little wonder then that the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, who addressed rallies at Bandra and Vasai, appealed to voters to shun divisive forces like the MNS and Sena. “The Congress is the only party that will give a stable government at the Centre.” She also assured to fight out terror threats and successfully tame financial slowdown if voted to power.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar chose to conduct a road show in Thane and later in the evening at Dombivali, lashed out at the NDA.
In Thane, MNS chief Raj Thackeray slammed the NDA and the Congress-NCP for their failure in tackling terrorism. He played his Marathi card to woo voters. With an eye on the Assembly polls, he promised to continue MNS’ anti-migrant tirade after the Lok Sabha polls.
Raj’s cousin and Sena’s executive president Uddhav Thackeray lambasted the UPA over several issues related to the city at Girgaum. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi tried to mesmerise the BJP supporters in Ghatkoper with his unique style of interacting with the audience.