Last-minute appeals, swipes bring campaigning to an end

DelhiPosters of the CM candidates of AAP, BJP and Congress on the last day of campaigning. Praveen khanna

Campaigning for the December 4 Assembly elections drew to a close on Monday evening, with parties and candidates making their last fervent appeals.

Seeking an unprecedented fourth term as chief minister, Sheila Dikshit took one last swipe at her opponents and "one gentleman in particular", without naming BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi.

She came armed with statistics showing Delhi's developmental model in a better light than Gujarat's and brushed aside Modi's comparison of the two governments. "I'm not competing with Modi. He wants to be the Prime Minister. I'm a CM," she said.

As for the BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Dr Harsh Vardhan, it was his wife Nutan, along with local leaders, who held fort at his Krishna Nagar constituency, while he completed a final lap across the city.

She travelled to various parts of the constituency to attend local programmes. En route, she fielded calls from workers from other areas.

For the newest entrant in Delhi's political arena, Aam Aadmi Party, the last day of campaigning turned quite eventful as it chose to campaign in the Delhi Metro.

There was not a place at the Rajiv Chowk station and outside where one did not spot an AAP supporter. Prem, a volunteer, travelled to Chhattarpur wearing a huge placard which said, "Is Baar Chalegi Jhaadoo". He was tired, as he had slept at "3 am that morning". But that didn't curb his enthusiasm as he waded through the crowded compartments, talking to passengers about the party.

Meanhwile, the BJP's top brass came together at the party's headquarters to stage a show of support for its CM candidate Harsh Vardhan and the Delhi unit.

Confident of "victory with an overwhelming majority", national president Rajnath declared that BJP would succeed in grabbing almost 40-50 seats in the capital.

Gathered at the office were Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, Harsh Vardhan, the Delhi unit chief Vijay Goel and senior leader V K Malhotra, who too were emphatic about a "comfortable majority".

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