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Disc jockeys, fireworks dealers cash in

They don’t know whether they will emerge proud winners or sorry losers on Thursday, but Maharashtra’s Assembly candidates are gearing up for a grand celebration anyway, reports Naresh Kamath.

mumbai Updated: Oct 22, 2009 01:30 IST
Naresh Kamath

They don’t know whether they will emerge proud winners or sorry losers on Thursday, but Maharashtra’s Assembly candidates are gearing up for a grand celebration anyway.

Candidates, ever optimistic of victory, have booked disc jockeys (DJs), dozens of vehicles, ordered kilos of sweets as well as fireworks.

In Sewri, both the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) were confident of a win and booked raths (vans modified to look like chariots) for victory processions.

The Sena rath will be saffron in colour with a bow and arrow — the party’s election symbol — prominently displayed, while the MNS van will resemble its symbol, a railway engine.

Sena candidate Dagdu Sakpal (59) and the MNS’ Bala Nandgaonkar (52) were both planning their victory processions.

In neighbouring Wadala constituency, all three candidates — the Congress’ Kalidas Kolambkar (56), the Sena’s Digambar Kandarkar (53) and the MNS’ Pramod Patil — booked DJs and placed large orders of sweets. Patil said his DJ would play fusion music to “cater to the latest trend”.

Kolambkar purchased a range of fireworks to light up the sky.

Dindoshi Congress candidate Rajhans Singh (51) spent most of Wednesday instructing his cadre on how to decorate his victory truck. He has also commissioned dozens of hoardings thanking voters in anticipation of his victory.

However, there were some who shunned the extravagance. Bharatiya Janata Party candidate in Borivli, Gopal Shetty (54), said: “We are elected to serve the people, not to organise dance and music programmes.” Similarly, Congress candidate from Vile Parle, Krishna Hegde (42), said victory processions only inconvenience people. “I am against causing traffic jams,” he said.