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Lok Sabha polls 2019:Bigwigs fight to finish in Mumbai as campaigning ends

Ahead of Monday’s election, parties hold road shows and bike rallies criss-crossing constituencies; leaders woo voters one last time

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 28, 2019 01:34 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Tanushree Venkatraman
Hindustan Times
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NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress candidate for the Mumbai North constituency, Urmila Matondkar, and Congress leader Ashok Chavan at a public meeting in Mumbai on Saturday.(Pramod Thakur/HT Photo)

As campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls came to a close on Saturday, the city witnessed displays of power and strength, with candidates of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) holding mega road shows and bike rallies. Prominent leaders also addressed Mumbaiites, in one last attempt to woo them ahead of Monday.

In Mumbai North Central, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis was a part of BJP candidate Poonam Mahajan’s road show. Mahajan is contesting against Congress candidate Priya Dutt.

In Mumbai North East, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani held a road show for BJP candidate Manoj Kotak. The road show was also held in Gujarati in a bid to attract the Gujarati voters of the constituency. Asking everyone to vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rupani asked citizens to vote for the nation’s security.

In Mumbai North West, Congress’s Sanjay Nirupam organised a bike rally across 30 different areas of his constituency, whereas Shiv Sena’s Gajanan Kirtikar, the sitting MP, carried out a road show in Jogeshwari (East) Assembly constituency.

Rahul Shewale, the BJP-Shiv Sena candidate from Mumbai South Central, also held a road show in his constituency. He was accompanied by Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray.

BJP’s sitting MP from Mumbai North, Gopal Shetty, held a ‘padyatra’ across the constituency. The Koli community from the constituency also extended support to him. “With all the support we are seeing in the constituency, we are sure about victory,” said Shetty.

Meanwhile, NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Ashok Chavan and Mallikarjun Kharge extended support to Urmila Matondkar, Congress candidate from Mumbai North. “Yesterday, as the PM came to Mumbai, people expected he will talk about the development done so far and what will happen in the next few years. But nothing of that sort was discussed,” said Pawar, referring to Modi’s rally on Friday.

“When the (BJP-led) government came to power, they promised to address issues of agriculture, jobs , social security but today, despite so many farmer suicides, there is no word on these problems, and they ask us what have our leaders — Gandhi, Nehru done,” he said at a public meeting in Borivli.

Mumbai Congress president and the party’s candidate for Mumbai South, Milind Deora, campaigned in Worli, Madanpura and Crawford market on Saturday. His campaign ended with a bike rally through Crawford market.

First Published: Apr 28, 2019 01:34 IST