With a day left before their fates are sealed, the contenders for the Pune Lok Sabha seat are upbeat and engaging in leisure activities to soothe their nerves.
Time at hand: MNS contestant Deepak Paigude spends time with his family.
While the top brass of their parties are busy deciding on their strategy and their role in the next Lok Sabha, mid-day catches up with four of the city’s candidates and finds them pursuing their hobbies and unwinding with their families. All four were confident of their prospects.
AAP’s Subhash Ware catches up on his favourite books. Pics/Mohan Patil
Aam Aadmi Party candidate Subhash Vare said, “I recently arrived from Varanasi after campaigning for former Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Now, I am relaxing at home, spending my time reading books.” He added that he resumed work for the S M Joshi Socialist Foundation, which conducts personality development training for youth, after polling concluded in the city on April 17.
For Bhartiya Janata Party’s candidate Anil Shirole, his farm is where his heart lies. “Although, I attended my party’s important meeting in Mumbai yesterday, nowadays I spend most of my time looking after my 100-acre farm located in the adjoining area of the city,” said Shirole. He added that he has taken to going on morning walks after the hectic schedule of his campaign trail, which kept him on his toes.
Congress candidate Vishwajeet Kadam has devoted his time to tending to his newborn son. “I couldn’t spend time with my son for the last couple of months. So, spending time with him is a priority now, Kadam said. “Besides, after the polling in the city concluded, I immediately started looking after the management of Bharati Vidyapeeth,” he added.
MNS candidate Deepak Paigude said he is dedicating his time to looking after his business of milk products. “Apart from our family business, I am busy preparing for the inauguration function of my schools in Chikhli village near Pune,” said Paigude, adding that he had saved up money to spend time with his family.
District Collector Saurabh Rao visited FCI godown in Koregaon Park and Shri Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex in Balewadi, where counting will take place on May 16, to review preparations. Rao held a meeting with the various officers in charge of counting at both venues and directed them to carefully implement all the directions given by Election Commission of India.
58.75 per cent Turnout recorded in Pune for this year’s general elections