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Sun shines on the candidates at last

Change in weather leads to renewed vigour in campaigning. Arvind Moudgil reports.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2012 14:25 IST
Arvind Moudgil
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The weather took a sunny turn on Saturday, bringing cheer on the faces of many a candidate who had been finding it tough to campaign due to inclement weather.

For the past few days, the sun had been playing hide and seek. The sky was overcast and heavy snow had hindered canvassing.

However, since Friday morning, the thunder clouds started to fade away and sunny weather from Pauri to Chamoli enthused the candidates who set upon the mission to woo the voters in the interiors with their supporters.

The candidates want to make the best use of the respite offered by the weather by reaching far into their constituencies. So, even the cellphones of most of the candidates are out of range.

The snow has almost melted away and the roads are ready to take on the heavy inflow of political car. Though some parts of Damdeval area of Chaubattakhal constituency are still covered with snow, the situation has improved considerably and the election fever is catching on. Congress candidate from Chaubattakhal, Rajpal Singh Bisht, seemed enthusiastic and happy over the turn of weather and said that there was enough time to reach out to every nook and corner of his constituency in the two weeks left. It seems that Rajpal also hoped that the good weather could be a harbinger of Rahul Gandhi’s visit to his area since he belongs to the Rahul brigade.

BJP candidate Tirath Singh Rawat and independent candidate Yashpal Benam from Chaubattakhal also feel that the clear weather would tilt the equations in their favour.

TPS Rawat of URM said in his ‘fauji’ style, “ A soldier is never perturbed by the vagaries of weather. He will stand his ground in sun and snow to give his best.”

The weather forecast that indicates twist and turns in the weather in the hills once again in the coming days also lends credibility to the common belief that if it snows early in January, it will snow again. It has induced the candidates to re-plan their strategies for mass communication.

According to sources, the candidates are concentrating more on the areas near the main roads to reach the maximum number of people within easy reach, rather than spending the whole day in negotiating the tough terrain of Ghangharia, Dumak (24 kms from main road), Kalkot and many areas near Joshimath in Chamoli . The weather in these areas is clearer but the snow has not melted away yet.