Rains dampen poll campaign fever in city

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 11 October 2019

Rain is spoiling the election campaigns of candidates. For the past few days, it has been raining in the evenings. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Congress cancelled their rallies on Wednesday due to heavy rainfall in the evening.

PUNE: Rain is spoiling the election campaigns of candidates. For the past few days, it has been raining in the evenings. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Congress cancelled their rallies on Wednesday due to heavy rainfall in the evening.  Now, party office-bearers are in a dilemma about organising rallies in the evening. 

MNS Chief Raj Thackeray’s rally at Natu Baug  in Shukrawar Peth was cancelled due to heavy rain. It was his first rally after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned him in a case and people were curious about what he would say in his speech. 

The Pune City Congress organised a rally at Juna Motor Stand in Bhavani Peth on Wednesday evening. State Congress Chief Balasaheb Thorat was supposed to address the rally for all their candidates. It was cancelled. Thorat conducted a press conference and left the city. Now, the Congress is trying to arrange another rally for Thorat. 

Congress spokesperson Ramesh Iyer said, “Rain is hampering our poll campaigns. Normally, Congress starts home visits and road shows in the morning and concludes it in afternoon. Earlier, we started home visits at 10 am. After the sudden rainfall, we have started road shows and home visits at 9 am. We keep the evening time for leaders’ rallies. However, it rains in the evening and we have to cancel the rally. We don’t know when we will get the chance to arrange Thorat’s rally for Pune city again as Thorat is campaigning across the State.”

He said, “We are thinking of arranging a rally indoors to avoid the problem of rain.” 

“As per India Meteorological Department (IMD), there will be a prediction of heavy rain till October 13. So, we are working to rearrange election programmes,”  Iyer added.  
  
MNS candidate for Kasba Peth and MNS City President Ajay Shinde said, “We have rescheduled Raj Thackeray’s rally on Monday. He specially mentioned that the rally should be arranged on the road and not on the ground to avoid sludge. We meet people in the evening. Due to the rain, we start early. We are trying to conduct corner meetings indoor in halls.”

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