The civic polls to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will be held on February 21

Parties make last bid to woo voters ahead of polling tomorrow

Ahead of the polling day for the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) tomorrow, most of the candidates were seen taking to the streets. 

A total of 162 corporators will be elected from the 41 electoral panels in PMC, with the state government introducing four-ward electoral panels for the civic elections. 1,090 candidates are in the fray to make it to the civic body. The NCP has forged a pre-poll alliance with the Congress in some seats to retain the power, while the BJP, MNS and Shiv Sena are going for it alone to display their strength in the city politics.

In 2014, BJP had won the Lok Sabha seat from the city with a record margin and also managed to win all the eight Assembly seats from the city. The campaign for BJP was led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The party had also roped in Union Ministers Manohar Parrikar, Venkaiah Naidu and Prakash Javadekar for campaigning.

This time, even after the campaigning ended, party workers were spotted moving around the city, urging people to vote for their candidates. In Pimpri-Chinchwad, padyatras, roadshows and door-to-door campaigning marked the last day of electioneering. Corner sabhas or rallies, however, were conspicuously missing. The town wore a festive look as it also celebrated Shiv Jayanti with gusto.

News Source: Times of India, Indian Express

Image Source: Indian Express

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