Polls over, it’s family time for candidates in Mumbai

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Oct 17, 2014 19:04 IST

With the hectic campaigning schedule coming to an end, most candidates spent Thursday, a day after the state assembly polls, with their families and friends.

While Sena’s Subhash Desai spent the day at his farmhouse in Raigad, Congress MLA Krishna Hegde hit the gym early in the morning and then went for a swim.

Parag Alavani, Hegde’s rival in Vile Parle, organised a dinner party for the campaigning team. “After very long, I took an afternoon nap and later went for a movie. I also shared the whole campaigning experience with my family,” said Hegde.

Samajwadi Party’s Abu Azmi, Ghatkopar MLA Ram Kadam and Sena’s Mangesh Satamkar, too, took time off.

Some others, like Congress leader Kripashankar Singh, got back to work after little rest. “I conducted meetings with workers to get their feedback on how they think we will perform,” Singh said.

Shiv Sena’s Jaywant Parab, meanwhile, met volunteers, party workers to thank them for their support.

Malabar Hill Congress candidate Susieben Shah spent the evening shooting for a TV programme on women’s empowerment. Nawab Malik, spokesperson of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), too, was part of talk shows on news channels.

Divyashri Dhole, BJP candidate from Dharavi, got to use her laptop after almost a fortnight.

“It has been many days since I checked my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I spent the day replying to all my friends, organising my house and shopping,” said Dhole.

Civic corporators, who contested the assembly elections, though, had to get back to work.

“We have no time to relax. I had to attend the civic general body and standing committee meetings,” said Manoj Kotak, BJP corporator from Mulund, who contested from the Bhandup (West) constituency.

For Nationalist Congress Party’s Prasad Lad, it was all about clearing pending work.

“As Diwali is nearing, I first cleared the bonus for my workers,” he said.

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