On the last day of filing nominations for the civic polls and for the post of mayor, it was absolute show of strength by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the historic Rajwada fort on Tuesday.
It is a ritual among many in Indore to bow and seek blessings at Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar statue situated in front of historic Rajwada, and contestants across all the party lines were seen bowing at the statue before proceeding to collector office for filing nominations.
Scores of people thronged Rajwada starting Tuesday morning and processions, slogans, flagging, hooting, trumpets continued till 3 in the afternoon.
While Congress candidates were seen silently progressing their rallies at regular intervals, the saffron brigade completely out massed the scene at Rajwada.
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Archana Jaiswal, Congress's mayoral candidate for the civic polls paid homage to Devi Ahilya statue and boasted big promises of development, cleanliness, single window mechanism at Municipal Corporation and big ticket projects such as flyovers, metro rail among others in full public view.
Large number of the saffron party supporters and supporters of candidates absolutely over massed every other group at Rajwada. BJP's mayoral candidate Malini Gaud, along with all the 85 party candidates paid respect to Devi Ahilya and proceeded to collector's office for filing nominations.
Gaud promised citizens of good governance, development, cleanliness among many others. Independent candidates were also seen along with their supporters. Many, who were denied party ticket from Congress and BJP are contending elections as independents.
Among all independent candidates, one who stood out was former BJP member Shresta Joshi. She was denied ticket by BJP this time. She stood on motorcycle and did rounds at Rajwada challenging the might of BJP.
Along with the muscle power, BJP also showcased money power on Tuesday. Supporters were seen showering currency notes at Rajwada during the convoy of BJP candidate Rajendra Rathore.
Sarpanch hopeful in Bhind village shot
A 44-year-old woman was shot dead in Badpura village of Bhind district on Tuesday evening. Malti Sharma was contesting the panchayat election. She had filed her nomination for the sarpanch's post on Tuesday.
Sub divisional officer of police (SDOP) Chandrabhan Singh Tomar said that Malti Sharma was returning from a function when two persons fired on her and fled away from the spot. Sharma fell on the ground and died on the spot.