As the political campaigning exercise came to an end in Haryana on Tuesday, Gurgaon witnessed some high-powered canvassing from party leaders and several whirlwind tours of the constituency by candidates.
It all began with the filing of nominations. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) fielded Yogendra Yadav — one of the most prominent members of the party. Rao Inderjit Singh ended his 35-year association with the Congress to join the opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Meanwhile, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) fielded local lad Zakir Hussain. The Congress witnessed some drama as the state transport minister, Aftab Ahmed and Captain Ajay Yadav’s son, Chiranjeev Rao, expressed their desire for a ticket. The party eventually decided to field Rao Dharampal.
Kejriwal conducted a whirlwind road show which ended sorely when the local AAP unit resigned. BJP’s Singh seemed to have the edge as incumbent while Hussain played his ‘local lad’ card in the Muslim majority of Mewat.
The Congress tried organizing a coup of sorts by organizing a Sonia Gandhi rally in Nuh. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati too organized a rally and Abhay Chautala spoke for Hussain in Mewat.
BJP’s Narendra Modi came calling in Gurgaon and he turned his speech into an interactive session with the spectators.
Except for AAP, the candidates turned their focus towards the countryside rather than the urban areas of new Gurgaon probably due to low voter turnouts here.
The predominant mode of campaigning remained road shows and meetings with small groups of villagers to discuss their problems.
Mewat became the focus of all candidates as the Meo Muslims of the region are likely to sway the results decisively. While, Hussain tried consolidating his vote bank here, Yadav held a rally here on the same day as Modi’s rally in Gurgaon.
Both AAP and BJP have tried rallying Ahir votes in Rewari as both candidates are locals and belong to the caste. Interestingly, none of the major contenders remained without a show cause notice from the election officials.