Whether Narendra Modi is the frontrunner or not, there’s no denying that he’s been pulling out all the stops.
The week leading up to the elections has seen him addressing four or five rallies every day, often across state borders. Rahul Gandhi has been out and about as well, with four rallies in Kerala on Saturday, two in Odisha a few days before that and visits to Maharashtra and Karnataka, but still has a bit of catching up to do. Meanwhile, Arvind Kejriwal doesn’t seem to have left Delhi, but has been at the receiving end of a physical assault yet again.
As we enter the home stretch, the candidates are preparing their final pre-polling salvos on the campaign trail. Modi has a couple more rallies in Nagina and Aligarh on Sunday, while Gandhi will woo voters in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas.
This is our last update to the rally tracker. And now, to the polls!
UPDATED ON: April 6, 2014
Green pointers are for Gandhi, red for Modi and blue for Kejriwal
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It is more than just bamboo encirclements, bored policemen and boisterous reporters that make the Indian election rally special. It is, after all, one of those rare events where thousands, sometimes seated with breathtaking symmetry, wait submissively for hours to listen to one man — or woman — talk for another few. There are helicopters whipping up dust storms, endless cavalcade of SUVs, dramatic stage collapses and more recently, a rash of branded tea stalls.
So, we thought it would be useful to track the Congress, BJP and AAP frontrunners on a map as they shuttle across the country for what is arguably the biggest political battle of their lives. Every rally of consequence from January 2014 to the last day of campaigning will be covered. We’ll be updating this interactive rally tracker every week, but in case of any corrections, complaints or compliments, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rishi Iyengar comes from Pune, India. He is interested in sports, politics, and a bunch of stuff in between. At the Columbia Journalism School, he’s better known as VP. Find out why by following him at @iyengarrishi