It was the day that candidates were waiting for the last many days. After pumping all their energies, candidates save some for Friday, the last day of the April 23 MCD polls campaign. The results are to be announced on April 26 of the high- stakes municipal polls that will be spread over 13,000 booths spanning 272 wards.
Over 1.3 crore people are eligible to vote in the polls and of them more than 1.1 lakh are first-time voters.
Since Thursday, words were doing the rounds of parties inviting people in large number to showcase their strengths. And after Friday prayer, the area witnessed high-pitch activities with the high-decibel MCD campaign coming to an end in the evening.
Before that all parties, including the AAP, BJP, Congress, JDU, RJD and even independent candidates taking out roadshows and rallies with full strength to woo the voters.
The last rallies were streamed live on Facebook with candidates as well supporters making claim that their candidate will win and the in the lead. Some were confident of their victory after succeeded in making large number of residents turn up. A debate even started on the social media with one supporter claiming that what matters most is translating the crowd in rallies and roadshows into votes.
Okhla witnessed lot of activities throughout the day. Moreover, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior BJP leaders too visited the locality to drum up support for their candidates. MIM Asaduddin Owaisi too turned up. Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav lined up galaxy of stars for their candidates in Okhla wards.
Besides political parties, independent candidates too didn’t were not far behind as they too took out rallies and roadshows.
All told, as the campaign ended some residents heaved a sigh of relief claiming that they were happy that the sloganeering and announcement made from mikes throughout the day have come to an end. It was a hard time for residents as there were traffic jams due to rallies in the locality.
Some school students bear the brunt with school buses coming late in the hot summer day. Parents were made to wait for long time in the blistering heat, said a resident.