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Jamshedpur: Campaign has intensified as D-day is inching closer. Urban Assembly segments of Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West candidates still prefer ‘padyatras’ rather than other social media.
Along with the high profile visits and rallies of the leaders of major political parties, candidates are working hard to cover the entire constituency. They have turned their attention to micro-level problems and demands during the street-by-street campaign.
BJP candidate from Jamshedpur West Devendra Singh also been focusing on ward-wise door-to-door campaign in recent days. His focus is Mango, Kadma and Bistupur. “We have promised better civic services for the residents of non-company area. Better traffic and basic infrastructure is all I promise,” says Singh.
Political parties and the candidates are equally focusing on public meetings and roadside campaigns through vehicles.
Saryu Roy, independent candidate from Jamshedpur East went on to Sidhgora and interacted with the voters. He assured them that if he voted he will focus on construction roads, bridges and ensure proper drinking water and power in his constituency.
Prof Gourav Vallabh, Congress candidate from Jamshedpur East though is active in Facebook and Whatsapp but prefers to padyatras during campaigning. “He is young and love to walk on roads meeting with people. He covers between 8 and 10 km each day. He believes that all section of people are not connected with social media and padyatras is only way to get a first hand information about people. This also enables him to understand pulse of public,” said a party worker.
The second phase of assembly polls scheduled on December 7 for Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West. The candidates in fray have hit the streets covering numerous streets and lanes each day.
Anil Modi district BJP spokesperson said that the party workers at all the police stations falling under Jamshedpur East constituency have been asked chalk out routes for padyatras.
The community based organisations particularly the minority outfits too, are in the demand with political parties of secular character knocking on the doors of these organizations to seek the favour.. “It is not the first time, every time when elections come secular parties contact us for seeking vote but over the period of time practice of issuing directive in support of any particular political party has virtually come to and end,” said a resident.
JVM candidate Abhay Singh is also focusing on door to door campaign. He is interacting with the voters He is equally active and begins padyatra at 6 am and continues till 10 pm But padyatras is his favourite means of campaigning for him.