New Delhi, News24 Bureau, May 21: Ever since the Exit Polls are out and it is predicted that there will be a clean sweep by the BJP there is no stopping the BJP cadre. And why just the cadre and workers, even the leading luminaries in the party have started celebrating. Dinners are being hosted, thanksgiving speeches have begun. Is it too much too soon? Maybe not, because all the exit polls are giving a thumbs up to the BJP.
BJP's Gopal Shetty who was pitched against Urmila Matondkar from Mumbai North in the Lok Sabha ELections has placed an order of 2000 kilogram sweets. Mithai shop workers in Borivali, Mumbai are excited and are giving best touch to the sweets ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections results on 23rd May. The shop owner says,"We've received an order of 1500-2000 kg sweets from BJP's Gopal Shetty (Mumbai North LS candidate). Workers are excited, so they're wearing Modiji's masks."
The Mumbai North Lok Sabha seat was one where the Congress was reportedly unable to zero in on a candidate to take on sitting MP Gopal Shetty, but the entry of actor Urmila Matondkar has now brought in more than a semblance of a contest.
It is among the BJP's strongest seats in the state, and Shetty, a former corporator and multiple-time MLA, had defeated former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam in the 2014 general election by 4.46 lakh votes, among the widest margins in the country.
The moral of Congress workers was down after Nirupam reportedly showed an unwillingness to contest from the constituency this time.But Urmila Matondkar surprised all by articulateness while speaking on political issues. The fight with Shetty has been intense, say political pundits. The contest is no longer a cakewalk.
While Mumbai North was among the largest Lok Sabha constituencies in the country, behind Outer Delhi and Thane, the delimitation exercise in 2008 shrunk it.
But Gopal Shetty is confident of victory and the big order is a proof in this direction.