A day after polling in the Noida assembly segment, candidates from the major political parties that are in contention to form the government attended social functions and spent time with their family.
After polling ended in the constituency at 6pm on Saturday, the contestants — Pankaj Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Sunil Chaudhary of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Ravikant Mishra of the Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) — were visited by their party workers.
Flanked by supporters, the contenders went to their party office and reviewed the polling for around two hours. They also studied the polling percentage and checked the vote share among 110 polling booths.
Noida constituency recorded a 49% voter turnout on Saturday, the lowest among the three segments of Gautam Budh Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh.
Pankaj Singh, son of union home minister Rajnath Singh, went back to his residence in Meghdutam apartment in Sector 50 around 10pm. He was welcomed by his relatives, wife and children.
His family said that this was the first time since his nomination on January 24 that Singh has returned home at 10pm. Singh said that he had also not interacted with his children — 5-year-old Aryaveer and 10-year-old Diya — due to the hectic campaign schedule.
Amid laughter, Pankaj said, “Children had a little resentment. I couldn’t give them enough time. Every day, I left early and came back late. It did not overlap with their timings. Somehow, I managed to make them happy and finally had a good time at home. I also played with them on the lawn.”
On Sunday afternoon, Singh said he went to meet his father in Delhi, but the home minister was leaving for a rally in Uttar Pradesh. “I went to Delhi to meet my father. We could not interact properly as he was hurriedly leaving for a rally in Uttar Pradesh. I last spoke to him over the phone on January 22,” Singh said.
Samajwadi Party candidate, Sunil Chaudhary, also had a relaxing time. After meeting his supporters and party workers at the party office in Sector 26, Chaudhary attended two social gatherings.
On Sunday, he played indoor games with his children— 10-year-old Abhijeet and 7-year-old Kanah. On Sunday evening, Chaudhary attended another social gathering, of his cousin’s, in Noida.
“I took the children out for lunch and spent time with my mother and relatives. It was a relaxing day as I also managed to take a nap, which was not possible during the run-up to poll day. For tomorrow, I have made a list of people I have to meet, including relatives and parents of my friends.”
Ravikant Mishra, the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate, remained out of his home on Saturday to meet his relatives and supporters. He camped at his sister’s house in Mahagun Moderne society in Sector 78.
After meeting relatives, he also interacted with supporters at his residence in Sector 31.
“It is always important to meet relatives and friends. So, I thought I should meet them as I had some free time. I had also fixed a time to meet supporters and well-wishers,” Mishra said.
Mishra also went on an outing with his 13-year-old son, Adhyre, and his pet, Jackson. “Jackson is a good friend of mine. To douse the flames of grouse and grudges, I took him with me everywhere,” Mishra said.