LokSabha 2019: Campaigns in Pune for LS elections end

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 22 April 2019

Girish Bapat said, “The British government left India but Congress is continuing the British government’s work to create instability in the country. The party is dividing the country on caste and religion.”

PUNE: The Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena-led coalition candidate Girish Bapat, Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-led Grand Alliance  candidate Mohan Joshi wrapped up their election campaign, addressing rallies in Pune Lok Sabha constituency on Sunday evening. Bapat ended his campaign with a rally in Kasba Peth area. Joshi conducted a rally at Mahatma Phule Mandai in which senior leaders were present. 

In the third phase of Lok Sabha election, Pune and Baramati Lok Sabha seats go to poll on April 23. 

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President Ashok Chavan, former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, former union minister Sushilkumar Shinde and NCP MP Vandana Chavan were present in the last election campaign rally of Joshi. 

Girish Bapat criticised the Congress in his speech. He said, “The British government left India but Congress is continuing the British government’s work to create instability in the country. The party is dividing the country on caste and religion.”

Congress leaders criticised the BJP. Prithviraj Chavan said, “The BJP has realised that the party will not come to power again. So, it started creating polarisation in society on caste and religion. Controversial statement on 26/11 martyr hero Hemant Karkare and giving candidature to Sadhvi Pragya, who is accused of Malegaon bomb blast case is part of BJP election campaign.”  

He added, “PM Modi insulted Maharashtra by showing support to Sadhvi Pragya’s statement. So, Modi should apologise to Maharashtra and family of Karkare.”

Ashok Chavan said, “The BJP government has damaged all constitutional establishments. Former judges have expressed concern over democracy. If we want to save the country, we should  defeat BJP.” 

Prakash Ambedkar, president of Bahujan Republican Party-Bahujan Mahasangh and  All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MP Asududdin Owaisi conducted campaign rally for Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi candidate Anil Jadhav. Both leaders criticised BJP and Congress party. It was held in SSPMS college ground on Sunday. 

Ambedkar said,  “Modi and Shah are dividing the country on the name of caste and religion. The Congress is becoming religious and if we want to make Congress secular, end dynastic politics,  people should vote for VBA.”

THE DOS AND DON’TS ON POLLING DAY
As per directives of the District Collector’s office, to cast your vote please carry a valid Electors Photo Identity card (EPIC) to the polling station. Those who do not have EPIC, may produce any of the following documents as alternative identity card: 
- Passport
- Driving licence
- Service identity cards with photographs issued to employees by Central/ State Govt/ Public limited companies
- Passbook with photograph issued by banks/ Post office
- PAN card
- Smart card issued by Registrar General of India (RGI) and National Population Register (NPR)
- MNREGA Job Card
- Health insurance smart card issued under scheme of Ministry of Labour
- Pension document with photograph
- Official identity cards issued to MPs/ MLAs/ MLCs
- Aadhaar cards.

REMEMBER THESE STEPS BEFORE YOU VOTE
- The polling officer will cross-check your identity proof.
- After identity card verification, polling officer will apply indelible ink on your finger.
- Next, the polling officer will cross-check your EPIC number on the slip and verify it.
- After that you will press the button on EVM and select your desired candidate. The button will blink a red light and a long beep can be heard which shows that you have casted your vote.
- Counter check with VVPAT that your desired candidate is also reflecting in VVPAT.

PS: Mobile phones are not allowed inside the polling booth and you have to submit it to the booth level officer at your respective polling booth.

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