|Sitting Congress MP Subodh Kant Sahay (top) garners last-mintue support on a bike in Ranchi on Tuesday, while a BJP fan sports a mask of party veteran LK Advani while campaigning. Pictures by Hardeep Singh
As the sun set on campaigning at 4pm on Tuesday, key claimants to prestigious Ranchi bridged extensive swathes of the parliamentary constituency with epic rhetoric and appeal.
Campaign vehicles of sitting Congress MP Subodh Kant Sahay, his BJP challenger Ram Tahal Choudhary and Ajsu chief Sudesh Mahto blared fervent entreaties through Nagpuri parodies of Bollywood songs, while the candidates dashed from one corner of the capital to another. The consensus was time is vote.
VIJAY DEO JHA decodes the ultimate canvassing for Ranchi
Subodh Kant Sahay
Said good morning voters: 11am
Wooed: residents of Dhurwa, Doranda, Hinoo, Chutia, Rajendra Chowk and Bahu Bazaar with road show, bike rally
Promised: better life, standard infrastructure, civic facilities, home to homeless and freebies to minorities in manifesto released on Tuesday
His muse: wife Rekha, daughter Gauri
His final pitch: BJP is a Ravan Party. Babulal Marandi (JVM chief), Amitabh Choudhary (JVM nominee) and Bandhu Tirkey (TMC candidate) are the heads of Ravan. I am the single candidate in the fray who is committed to secularism, while the others are gatekeepers of communal forces.
I have tried making Ranchi a better place. Security of women tops my agenda
Ram Tahal Choudhary
Said good morning voters: 8.30am
Wooed: residents of remote Kanke pockets, Kokar, Lalpur, HB Road, Purulia Road, Kantatoli, Chutia, Doranda and Hatia with jeep and bike rally
His companion: Partyís local MLA C.P. Singh
His final pitch: This election will decide who is Ram and who is Ravan. The pace at which he (Sahay) and his party are creating new records of corruption, the day is not far when they will replace Mahishasur. My rivals are fighting for the second position
Said good morning voters: 9am
Wooed: residents of his erstwhile home turf Silli; people of Kapali Nimdih in Ichagarh with bike rally
Party punchline: Silli ka beta Dilli mein
His final pitch: Vote for the development of Ranchi. The youth can play a major role in shaping the future of the country. (Ajsu is the youngest party in the fray and Sudesh the youngest among notable challengers)
Said good morning voters: 9.30am
Wooed: residents of urban Ranchi, including Anantpur and Nibaranpur; reporters at Jaipal Singh Stadium
His comfort quotient: This election means a lot to Ranchi and Jharkhand. People have extended unquestionable support to the JVM because they want change
His final pitch: Beware of candidates who have public record of corruption
Said good morning voters: 7.30am
Wooed: residents of semi-urban and rural Ranchi, including Itki, Mesra, Pithoria and Boreya
His muse: music of nagadas
His final pitch: Dekho raat ko dusra party-wala ayega tuko mans-bhaat aur paisa ka lobh dega... jameen ke neta ko chunoge to tumhare dukh-sukh mein saath rahega (Parties will come offering you meat, rice and moneyÖ but if you vote for the son of the soil, heíll stand by you in joy and sorrow).