All of a sudden, the importance of the weather phenomenon has increased. The meteorological department has assured the politicians of the hill state of all possible help during the elections, as far as weather prediction is concerned.
Notably, BJP, the ruling party in the state had first raised the issue of weather in respect to the coming assembly elections in the state. The party had said that voter turnout might get affected due to peak winter during the month of January.
The role of the met department also increases with the fact that the movement of choppers, carrying political leaders to their respective constituencies for canvassing, would increase with the elections approaching closer.
“We give weather inputs to the leaders before flying in the hills, as it is very important to know tentative weather conditions of the area especially when flying in the hills,” Anand Sharma, director, Meteorological Centre, told Hindustan Times. “All the weather-related help would be provided to the politicians if the met department is approached. We will try our best to provide correct weather predictions so that the leaders can plan their political trips across the hills”, he said.
Notably, this time the election commission has announced polls some 20 days before the voting date of the last assembly polls in the state, which happened on February 21, 2007.
Generally, the weather in the hilly districts remains rough during the month of January, while some places would be covered with snow during that time, which has added to the politicians’ concern.