Pune: It was 7 am on Saturday, around 7 to 10 party workers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), carrying party scarves, were waiting outside Gajanan Maharaj Park in Gokhale Nagar for party candidate Siddharth Shirole.
Shirole’s day starts at 6 in the morning, and he seems to be in no mood to waste any time. As soon he reached the park in his Audi Q7, he rushed inside, accompanied by the area Corporator of BJP.
During the meetings and interactions with residents, many people complained to Shirole, also a corporator in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), about water and drainage related problems. Many resident groups asked him about water management method as many are struggling with the water shortage in Gokhale Nagar area. Promising to resolve the issue, he interacted with senior citizens and youth in the area.
For many, Shirole was a new face. Therefore, he was introduced as the son of former MP Anil Shirole by local area corporator and managed to engaged residents during his meeting with the people in the park.
Even though he arrived in his Audi, he preferred to move on a two-wheeler from one park to another.
Women practising yoga and meditation in the Shakuntala Nikam Park, seemed to be unhappy with the civic issues during the last five years in the area. Many of them said, “Whenever they called him (Shirole), he never picks up their calls.”
His meeting ended at around 9:15 am. Thereafter, accompanied by the party men, he moved on his next round of rally in Parihar Chowk at 10:30 am.
Many party workers welcomed Shirole at Parihar Chowk. Raising slogans, many of them joined him in the rally towards Medipoint Hospital Road, causing traffic congestion in the area. Shirole waved at children, greeted local shopkeepers and stopped occasionally to speak to some people before the padyatra came to an end.