“I don’t look at the polls, I keep telling my parents to work with their heads down and not comment on them,” assures Beppe Sala, who checks the forecasts on the vote that these days give him close to winning in the first round. Yesterday the poll by Renato Mannheimer (Ipsos) for Corriere della Sera gave it 49.5% against 34.9 for the center-right candidate Luca Bernardo. The 5-star Layla Pavone would stop at 6.4%. Even according to Noto Sondaggi for “Porta a Porta” it would be close to the majority in the first round, with a result between 46 and 50%, Bernardo would be between 34.5 and 38.5 and Pavone on par with the former grillino Gianluigi Paragone, between 3 and 5%. Unpleasant surprises are around the corner as we know, to avoid losing the advantage the outgoing mayor tries to avoid the high tones and above all the center-left leaders, with the risk that the vote on Milan also becomes a national match. Sala specifies that he will not make “any final speeches, they will raise the tone, there is no need today in Milan, we go to the people”. And he reiterates that he wants to keep “a very Milanese profile and little shouted in the campaign, I will not go out with the leaders, whoever wants to pass this way I welcome him for a coffee and to chat of course”. Message to the secretary Pd Enrico Letta and Matteo Renzi from Italia Viva who stopped in Milan without Sala flying to them for a photo opportunity. Renzi, however, two days ago put the load on the hypothesis of an agreement with the 5 Stars: «They denounced us for the Expo and today they are pitying a seat in the Sala and they will not make it, so very well». Hall between two fires. He softens the tone so as not to jeopardize the sympathy of the Grillini voters but, encouraged by the polls, he more decisively pushes away the idea of the agreement: «An appearance in the second round? It must derive from a sharing of programs and if it is not done before I see it as a bit complex ». Even if «it is not true – he says – that they asked for armchairs, it did not seem like a merchandise to me, they showed a willingness to approach my reasons which I appreciate. Things must be built, in the future we can work more on them », read the Regionals. «Then it is clear – he adds – that the good Matteo has previous rust and represents a certain way of thinking towards the 5 stars. In case of defeat he guarantees, like Bernardo, that he will remain in the city council.
The challenger jokes about the Ipsos survey: «I think they did it while drinking a coffee or a cappuccino, it made me smile a little. The Democratic Party is at levels even beyond those of Europe. I ask whoever makes them a little serious ». He does not even believe that Lega and Fdi are perfectly matched at 17.3%. He will take the stage next to Giorgia Meloni in Piazza Duomo on the 25th for the final meeting of Fdi and to Matteo Salvini on the 27th in Niguarda. But “we are all organizing closure together, as is normal in a solid coalition”. Meloni, Salvini and the national coordinator of Fi Antonio Tajani will all be together next to him the last days for a press conference or an initiative. Bernardo finds himself changing the spokesman in the race, Alessandro Gonzato resigned yesterday for “professional incompatibility”, Annarita Azzarone should be back, who had already followed him at the beginning. And the comparisons are approaching, the first at 12 (De Bonis del Movimento 3V will not participate) on Friday at the Confcommercio headquarters. In the Rai grandstand, challengers divided into three blocks, and Sala and Bernardo are in different “groups”: the mayor on 29 September with Paragone, Giorgio Goggi (Socialists), Marco Muggiani (Pci) and Gabriele Mariani (Milan in the Municipality), Bernardo October 1 with Pavone (M5S), Mauro Festa (Gay Party) and Alessandro Pascale (Communist Party).