Whirlwind tours end South Delhi poll campaigns

The last day of campaigning for the South Delhi Constituency saw frantic canvassing by the AAP and the BJP.

Congress candidate Ramesh Kumar was not as active as his counterparts, but he made sure that he visited Sangam Vihar, JNU campus and Motilal camp. He told his supporters that he considers BJP as his competition as he feels that AAP is nowhere close. “A team of 10 party workers will be formed and deputed to all polling booths in the constituency. The teams will encourage the voters to come and vote. We hope that all the people will turn out to vote and support us,” he said.

BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri and AAP’s Col Devindra Sehrawat conducted a complete circuit of the constituency — from Kalkaji- Sangam Vihar to Vasant Kunj-Vasant Vihar, with the roadshows on an almost parallel route.

While Bidhuri started his day with a huge roadshow from Saket to Kalkaji, then returning to Vasant Kunj via Vasant Vihar, Sehrawat started in Chattarpur, going to Sangam Vihar, before doubling back via Deoli and Vasant Kunj to Mahipalpur.

According to BJP campaign managers, Bidhuri covered nearly 150 colonies in the 8-hour period, addressing 37 jansabhas.

Bidhuri’s start in the morning however was delayed by the absence of star campaigner Navjot Singh Sidhu, who eventually joined the roadshow over two hours after the appointed time, forcing Bidhuri to kick off the roadshow without him. Bidhuri, the MLA from Tughlakabad, spent a lot of time in his constituency and neighbouring areas, reminding people of his contributions over the years. “I have been around to listen to everyone’s problems. Your MP has never showed up,” Bidhuri said.

During the day, fruits were distributed in some areas by the BJP workers during the jansabhas, while party workers at Sangam Vihar weighed Bidhuri against laddoos, which were then distributed among the poor.

In contrast, Col Sehrawat’s roadshow was all about raising the issue of choice and about Kejriwal. “We have received more and more support every day,” Sehrawat said. He raised slogans relating to the anti-corruption movement and the work done by the short-lived AAP government in Delhi. “We don’t have crores to spend on advertisements, but we have support from the people,” Sehrawat said.

He said he had been approached by a group of students from the Northeast, with complaints regarding safety of women in the capital.

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