Election season 'hotting' up for candidates!

Election season 'hotting' up for candidates!

Talk about literally sweating it out for votes. In this election season, candidates are going all out to woo the electorate, even as the mercury hovers around 40 degree Celsius and 194 constituencies go to polls in the remaining three phases of elections to the Lok Sabha over the next three weeks. 

In many constituencies, mainly in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, candidates have reworked their strategies. According to reports, several leaders hold important meetings only in the evenings, when the temperatures start to drop. However, going by the weather forecast, there’s more bad news for leaders as temperatures will only rise in the coming days. 

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, “The heat wave conditions would prevail over Gangetic West Bengal and Odisha for the next three days while dry weather would prevail in most places in Northern India.”

Yet, candidates seem to be taking it all in their stride, as senior Congress leader Raj Babbar told Deccan Herald. “It is true that there is a heat wave in some parts, but when we see people waiting for us in the hot sun we forget about temperatures.” Babbar, a Congress candidate from Ghaziabad, has hit the campaign trail for the party across Uttar Pradesh.

However, cutting across party lines, leaders admit that they would like to take a break between noon and evening.

In West Bengal, where polling will be held for 32 seats in the next three phases, film personalities Moonmoon Sen, Dev (Dipak Adhikari), Sandhya Roy, Bappi Lahiri, Babul Supriyo and journalist Chandan Mitra, are coping with temperatures of 40 degree Celsius and above. Candidates campaigning for the last phase of polling for 17 seats on May 12 will have a tough time, well-known music director Bappi Lahiri stressed. 

Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi have also addressed meetings in the afternoon in Gujarat, where the temperature is already hovering around 42 degree Celsius. “This is election time and people do not mind attending rallies,” Congress spokesman Manish Doshi said. As the rallies are planned in advance, there is no scope for change. People do come and parties organise them, he added.

In Bihar and Punjab too, election meetings are being held during daytime and the gatherings have seen decent attendance. 

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