With the first phase of campaigning coming to an end, political bigwigs including Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Pawar would be campaigning in the city next week.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi would visit Pune on April 9 to campaign for party candidate Vishwajeet Kadam. City unit party president Abhay Chhajed said that Gandhi's programme would be finalised in a day or two. He said that Union ministers Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia would also campaign in Pune and their programmes too would be finalised in a day or two. Former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin would be campaigning for Kadam on Saturday.
Gujarat chief minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be visiting Pune either on April 12 or 14. BJP western Maharashtra spokesperson Shripad Dhekane said that BJP president Rajnath Singh would campaign for party candidate Anil Shirole on April 8. Former Union minister O Rajgopal, cricketer Navjyot Singh Sidhu, former national president Nitin Gadkari, state unit chief Devendra Fadnavis and deputy leader in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde would also visit Pune.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray would hold a public meeting for party candidate in Maval, Shrirang Barne, on April 14.
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, NCP president Sharad Pawar, Congress state unit chief Manikrao Thakare and NCP state president Bhaskar Jaqdhav have already campaigned for Kadam in the city when they launched the party campaign.
National Alliance of People's Movement leader Medha Patkar campaigned for Aam Aadmi Party candidates Maruti Bhapkar (Maval) and Subhash Ware (Pune) two days ago. MNS chief Raj Thackeray recently held a public rally for MNS candidate Deepak Paygude and he would be holding another rally on Sunday. He would be addressing two rallies on Sunday, of which one would be for Paygude and the other for Shirur MNS candidate Ashok Khandebharad.