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Ticket aspirants at work

Political parties are yet to release their list of candidates for the state Assembly polls. But many hopefuls have already started subtly canvassing for seats, reports Naresh Kamath.

mumbai Updated: Oct 26, 2009 02:14 IST
Naresh Kamath

Political parties are yet to release their list of candidates for the state Assembly polls.

But many hopefuls have already started subtly canvassing for seats.

Take Bharatiya Janata Party aspirant from Kandivli, Shivkumar Jha, who spends his time meeting representatives of various mandals and cooperative societies.

“I have been instrumental in solving problems over the years. So I request people to support me if I am the candidate,” he said.

A sitting corporator, Jha claims to have done a lot of work in the constituency as the civic ward committee chairman.

Similarly, Sanjay Naik, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader from Byculla has opened an office at Mazgaon. He says he spends more than 14 hours a day attending to the electorate.

“I am focusing on getting election identity card for my voters. I am working for the residents of Muslim-dominated area Madanpura with which I am still unfamiliar,” said Naik.

His another important task is to motivate MNS workers.

Krishna Hegde, who worked as chief election coordinator for MP Priya Dutt in the recent Lok Sabha polls, meets dozens of people daily in his Vile-Parle constituency.

“People come with a range of grievances. I try my best to solve them,” said Hegde.

Political analysts call this phenomenon the process of earning public and party recognition.

“Since these party workers will have to face the electorate, they want the voters to know them before taking the plunge,” said political commentator Nilu Damle.

He said it only indicates that election process has finally started.