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Leaders unwind after hectic electioneering

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, MAY 11. The two-day gap between polling day and counting of votes has enabled politicians and candidates to catch up with some sleep and unwind after a long gruelling election schedule. Away from the hustle and bustle of the election campaign, some of them here today went out to eat with their near and dear ones, some sat back at home and watched television while others took a break to reunite with their families.

For Delhi's Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, it was time to take a day off from office and spend time with her family. She had a relaxed day with her son, Sandeep Dikshit, daughter-in-law, Mona, and granddaughter, Yamini. In between, she obliged the electronic media, giving bytes about the post-election scenario and posing for photographs for the shutterbugs.

"I feel a lot relaxed but the anxiety will remain till the results are announced. I will also visit my granddaughter Aafiya who is not well. For me, it is routine day as I woke up at my usual time but certainly the hectic electioneering is missing from my schedule," she added. As for her son Sandeep, he woke up late in the morning and went off for lunch with his wife and friends after a long time. And his formal white kurta pajama has given way to informal clothes.

Similarly, for the former Union Minister, Jagdish Tytler, it was a welcome end to the grinding schedule that began months ago. Known to keep himself fit by following a proper exercise regimen, Mr. Tytler woke up late in the morning and continued to be confined to the bed till 11 a.m. "I will get back to playing golf from tomorrow morning as was my routine before the elections. I will also be visiting my constituency to decide on the counting agents. I feel a bit relaxed but a lot needs to be done in the future," he said.

His rival and Union Minister, Vijay Goel, read books of the spiritual guru, Rajneesh, to relax. He also watched television for results of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly polls. The Delhi Assembly Speaker and Congress candidate from New Delhi, Ajay Maken, had a reunion with his kids and family after almost a fortnight. "My two-and-half years son, Aujasvi, did not recognise me as I have lost a lot of weight. Also, my two daughters, Arushi and Aahana, saw me after a long time. Today I am sitting in my official residence at Rouse Avenue and watching television. It is time to sit and relax. Discussions are on with friends on various issues and I will also be deciding on the deployment of counting agents," remarked a relaxed Mr. Maken.

The South Delhi Congress candidate, R.K. Anand, went off to his farmhouse in Chattarpur to catch up with some sleep and relax. Mr. Anand also plays golf everyday and practises yoga, something he intends to start very soon. His rival and BJP candidate, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, had a sound sleep after a long time. He got less telephone calls and also made less calls himself.

The Outer Delhi Congress candidate, Sajjan Kumar was back to his original routine of yoga in the morning. Mr. Kumar spent more time with his family and friends and also sorted out the issue of counting agents for his constituency. The BJP candidate from Karol Bagh, Anita Arya, had a day out with her kids and husband. She drove down to a South Indian speciality restaurant in Defence Colony for lunch and had a picnic at the India Gate lawns in the evening. Her rival, Krishna Tirath had a normal day and listened to the feedback from workers on the polling situation. She also went down to the Election Commission to file her poll related expenditure account.

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