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Leaders ‘high on energy’ during polls

Why does their enthusiasm fade after the conclusion of polls asks Mumbaikars?

Since Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) election is just few days away political parties are leaving no stone unturned to lure voters. Every political party be it BJP, Shiv Sena, Congress, NCP and MNS are geared up for polls. Everyone from senior leaders to grassroot workers are aggressively campaigning for election. Many of them had organised rallies to connect with voters. Thus nowadays all leaders right from Chief Minister Dev-endra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, MNS chief Raj Thackeray, MPCC President Ashok Chavan, NCP president Sharad Pawar and his daughter Supriya Sule are accessible to people. One can also see political parties opening up temporary offices to connect with voters. Thus every political party becomes active during polls. However, the enthusiasm fades after coming to power as leaders remain inaccessible to citizens. Even if some journalists or activists try to call them then their calls remain unanswered. It also becomes extremely difficult to seek an appointment from leaders as their public relation officer might reply that the former is busy attending meetings.

“Why are these leaders visible only during the onset of polls? What happens to them after the conclusion of election? Why do they remain disconnected with people after polls? If political parties work with the same enthusiasm after polls then we can witness better development,” Sudesh Singh a Borivali resident.

“Political parties only think about the people during polls. Why can’t they interact with voters after coming to power? If they are representatives of the people then they should work for them,” Satish Rohankar a marketing executive working with a private firm in Malad said.

“Often it is observed that political parties make several promises before election but fail to fulfil them after coming to power. What is the purpose of making promises if one cannot fulfill them? Citizens should come forward and vote for the right candidate,” said Rekha Subash, a housewife from Kandivali.

On the other hand, NCP leader Supriya Sule violated traffic rules by not wearing a helmet while riding pillion on a motorbike from Malad to reach her election rally at Thane. Sule also uploaded her video on social media which has gone viral. Mumbai traffic police had made helmets compulsory even for pillion riders last year, while imposing Rs 100 fine for violators.

According to NCP sources, as Sule realised that it was difficult for her to reach the venue in Thane at the scheduled time she preferred to sit on a motorcycle which the party worker was riding. Accompanied by other party workers, Sule reached the election rally at Khopar in Thane around 9.30pm and addressed the crowd before it wrapped up at 10pm.

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