Punjab elections: Candidates in Doaba plan latest boost : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Deepkamal Kaur

Jalandhar, February 17

Candidates from various parties in the Doaba region are making various plans for tomorrow’s last day of campaigning ahead of the February 20 poll.

A PAA worker mobilizes his support for the party. Sarabjit Singh

Candidates want to wrap up their campaign with something big and impactful so that it sways the minds of voters in their favor. Party candidate Aam Aadmi from Jalandhar West Sheetal Angural says he has prepared a big vehicle for his last show. “I will be standing in this vehicle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to make the last fervent appeal to my constituents. There will also be a few cars that will accompany me. We will park vehicles wherever we find space – in market parking lots, at road intersections. I will try to establish as many contacts as possible and cover all areas before the prospecting time is over,” he shared his plan.

Similarly, the Congress candidate from Jalandhar Central Headquarters, Rajinder Beri, has planned a march in different parts of the city. Calling it a ‘payal yatra’, he plans to walk for eight hours tomorrow from his residential area in Central Town towards Milap Chowk. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., he will be in the Rama Mandi district. “Today it covered a large part of Phagwara Gate and Chahar Bagh, so we have planned it for the remaining areas tomorrow,” his campaign managers said.

Beri’s rival and BJP candidate Manoranjan Kalia says roadshows and big events ultimately don’t convert votes. “It’s always the last minute personal contact that helps, which is why I’ve decided to keep my campaign no frills and limit it to a door-to-door event, even on the last day.”

BJP candidate from Jalandhar cantonment headquarters, Sarabjit Makkar said, “We have not yet finalized the campaign program for the last day. We will all sit together late into the evening after today’s campaign and work out the details”.

Barinderpreet Kaur, the wife of Cantonment Congress candidate Pargat Singh, who has worked actively for him, said: “I think there is no advantage in organizing big events and tours. People are forced to wait along the roads and it becomes more of an inconvenience and nuisance. It will be better if we go door to door as we have been doing for a month”.

Some candidates like Rana Inder Partap Singh, who is running as an independent candidate for Sultanpur Lodhi, have already organized a roadshow today in the narrow streets of the villages. Several young people had participated in the rally carrying flags on bikes and cars.

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