After several hectic days of road shows, rallies, marches, street plays and innovative campaigns, the high-pitched battle to grab ears and eyeballs of the electorate came to an end on Tuesday evening.
On the last day of campaigning, city roads were taken over by bikes and party followers waving flags, slowing down traffic in many parts of the city. Parties rallied through the city, making a last attempt to drum up support.
In the narrow, crowded lane outside the Dadar (west) station, people were witness to five minutes of entertainment as masked cartoon characters, bands, and people in comical outfits passed by — all part of the campaign trail of Congress candidate from ward 184, Prathamesh Kolambkar.
In Prabhadevi, residents witnessed a tussle between the Shiv Sena and the MNS as their activists came face-to-face. Though no violence was reported, the two groups resorted to heavy sloganeering and burst crackers. The tussle went on for about 40 minutes, till the police took charge and dispersed them.
The MNS also held a road show in the island city, from Colaba to Mahim, led by party chief Raj Thackeray.
In Kurla’s ward 159, candidate Nitesh Singh’s rally drew huge crowds as chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and city Congress chief Kripashankar Singh campaigned for him. The CM addressed rallies in several parts of the city. Film and television actors such as Sunil Shetty and Parikshit Sahani, among others, also rallied for Congress candidates in parts of the city.
In contrast, Joe Gaikwad, citizen candidate from ward number 182 in Mahim, had a relatively low-key campaign on the last day, which he spent distributing cards to voters with information about polling booths.
“The last day did bring much colour to the drab rallies that were held earlier. But, my vote will be based on the candidate’s agenda,” said Bharat Vora, 60, shopkeeper from Dadar.