Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal attended events related to the International Women’s Day while several other top politicians were seen praying at holy places. And others were busy examining the arrangements related to the electronic voting machines (EVMs), where lie locked the key to their future destinies.
As the high voltage campaigning and polling to the five states ends and the results due on Thursday are being awaited, here is how top politicians spent their time.
Charanjit Singh Channi
Many exit polls are predicting a dismal performance for his party but the Punjab chief minister appeared rather unfazed. Channi, who takes pride in his ability to connect with the common man, was seen milking a goat in a village in Bhadaur area in the state’s hinterland.
In chaste Punjabi Channi can be heard telling those around that he has milked goats often.
Village Ballo, Bhadaur https://t.co/ZRGmklHTiT
— Charanjit S Channi (@CHARANJITCHANNI) 1646733355000
The AAP leader is now being considered the favourite to occupy the chief minister’s chair after the results are out. He was busy examining the arrangements made to keep the EVMs secure. Like five years ago, exit polls have predicted a stellar performance by AAP in Punjab. Mann would be hoping the polls are spot on this time.
ਮਾਨਸਾ ਵਿਖੇ 3 ਵੱਖ-ਵੱਖ ਵਿਧਾਨ ਸਭਾਵਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਸੁਰੱਖਿਅਤ ਰੱਖੀਆਂ ਗਈਆਂ EVM ਮਸ਼ੀਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਸਟ੍ਰਾਂਗ ਰੂਮ ਦਾ ਦੌਰਾ ਕੀਤਾ…ਇਸ ਮੌਕੇ ਮਾਨਸਾ… https://t.co/ESSlxAfUeb
— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) 1646735767000
The UP chief minister was in his Gorakhpur bastion on Tuesday where he attended an event organised on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. Exit polls are suggesting that Adityanath will manage to pip Akhilesh Yadav for the chief minister’s position.
आज गोरखपुर स्थित @MGUGOfficial में ‘अंतरराष्ट्रीय महिला दिवस’ के अवसर पर आयोजित संगोष्ठी को मुख्य अतिथि के रूप में… https://t.co/AtlbDC7qEq
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) 1646740934000
Like Adityanath, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also attended an event organised by the Delhi Commission for Women on the International Women’s Day. Even though he is Delhi chief minister, the AAP contested the Punjab election on the slogan – ‘Ek mauka Kejriwal nu’ (One chance for Kejriwal).
अंतर्राष्ट्रीय महिला दिवस के मौके पर दिल्ली महिला आयोग द्वारा आयोजित कार्यक्रम | LIVE https://t.co/K5sgymjj66
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 1646724609000
Former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat could be seen enjoying exotic apple chips gifted to him by a friend. Rawat felt that apple chips should be promoted as a cottage industry.
ये #ExoticApple चिप्स हैं, सेब के चिप्स, मुझे बहुत अच्छे लगे मेरे एक दोस्त मुझे देकर के गए, वो फ्रूट के बिजनेस में… https://t.co/INq6C6isl9
— Harish Rawat (@harishrawatcmuk) 1646724785000
Sukhbir and Harsimrat Badal
The powerful couple of Punjab politics reached Amritsar where they prayed at the holy Golden Temple on Wednesday. The Akalis are hoping to regain power in Punjab which they ruled till 2017.
Punjab | Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal and former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal visit Amr… https://t.co/ZIHxGqqsvL
— ANI (@ANI) 1646795847000
Pushkar Singh Dhami
The Badals were not the only ones seeking divine grace. Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami also offered prayers at a temple in Hanol. Dhami’s party BJP and opposition Congress are locked in a neck and neck fight in Uttarakhand.
आज हनोल स्थित महासू देवता मंदिर में प्रभु महासू के दर्शन कर पूजा-अर्चना की। इस दौरान मैंने महासू देवता से समस्त लोक… https://t.co/YCKzOqSHa0
— Pushkar Singh Dhami (@pushkardhami) 1646742887000
Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised him of what he called his party’s “strong” performance in the state polls.
Called on Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi Ji in New Delhi today. Briefed the PM about BJP’s strong performance in Goa… https://t.co/MuUvdUzo6G
— Dr. Pramod Sawant (@DrPramodPSawant) 1646739970000
The Samajwadi Party (SP) leader led a spirited campaign against the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh. Ahead of the results his thoughts were focussed on the arrangements related to EVMs. In a social media post on Tuesday, Yadav asked his supporters to remain alert.
वाराणसी में EVM पकड़े जाने का समाचार उप्र की हर विधानसभा को चौकन्ना रहने का संदेश दे रहा है। मतगणना में धांधली की… https://t.co/OpVl47HCM8
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) 1646746376000
N Biren Singh
The Manipur chief minister was excited at receiving an award from the Union labour ministry for his state government.
Delighted to share that Manipur has bagged 3rd position in e-SHRAM Award in the ‘Best Performing North-Eastern Stat… https://t.co/76lGNuO6TM
— N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) 1646759633000
Navjot Singh Sidhu
At the behest of the High command the digital membership drive of the Punjab Congress to start within a fortnight …… https://t.co/MradtJCuaz
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) 1646648641000
The boisterous cricketer-turned-politician proved hard to ignore in the Punjab polls even though Charanjit Singh Channi was named the chief ministerial face by the Congress. With polling having taken place, Sidhu was busy focussing on the digital membership drive of his party.