Candidates Busy as D-Day Nears

While Shashi Tharoor was in New Delhi, Bennet Abraham went to Santhigiri. The schedule of O Rajagopal was hectic - attending functions
Candidates Busy as D-Day Nears

With barely a day to go for the D-Day, when the people’s verdict will be out, the candidates of UDF, LDF and BJP for the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency were busy on Wednesday attending various functions.

 While UDF candidate Shashi Tharoor was in New Delhi to attend the dinner hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, LDF’s Bennet Abraham went to Santhigiri and was busy visiting people.

The schedule of BJP’s O Rajagopal was hectic - attending various functions in the city.

 Rajagopal said that he would be spending most of his time on Thursday spearheading the counting arrangements of the party.

‘’The exit poll has predicted an NDA government at the Centre and the wave is sure to hit the state. I am confident that this time the constituency will stand by me,” said Rajagopal, who said that for the first time lotus will bloom in the state.

 He said that the good works carried out in Kerala for urban and railway development when he was Union Minister, elected to the Upper House from Madhya Pradesh, is known to all Keralites and this time Thiruvananthapuram would elect him to Lok Sabha.

“Also, the traditional Communist as well as Congress votes were in my favour and there was tremendous goodwill seen among women voters for the BJP,” said a confident Rajagopal.

 Bennet Abraham, meanwhile, attended four funerals in the constituency and he said that on Thursday he would start his day from the CPI party office, M N Smarkam.

“All the arrangements for the counting day will be taken care of by the party workers. With barely a day to go to know the people’s verdict I am not making any tall claims. Let us be patient and wait for one more day for the results to be out. Whoever is the winner, it should be accepted that the people of Thiruvananthapuram stood with him,” said  Abraham.

 Shashi Tharoor, who is in Delhi, will be back in the city only by Thursday evening and would be active in the constituency.

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