No leaves for them: Candidates weather rain to canvass for votes

With stakes high and time running short,the incessant showers in Majha belt of Punjab since Saturday night has not prevented the candidates in fray for the January 30 polls to venture out and make an appeal to the voters for a mandate in their favour.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar/ Ludhiana/ Jalandhar | Published:January 16, 2012 12:00 am

With stakes high and time running short,the incessant showers in Majha belt of Punjab since Saturday night has not prevented the candidates in fray for the January 30 polls to venture out and make an appeal to the voters for a mandate in their favour.

The downpour that started late on Saturday continued on Sunday. But,the rain did not dampen the spirits of the candidates,as some took refuge under umbrellas while others used rain-coats. The electors used whatever they could to cover themselves to escape the showers. The outdoor political meetings were rescheduled to indoors at many places.

Punjab BJP president and party candidate from Pathankot constituency Ashwani Sharma reached out to people in villages under his constituency amid the showers. “It has been raining since Saturday. Despite the rain,we covered several villages such as Gheba,Jindri,Ghiala,Khulra and Dhira,” said Vishal,one of the supporters accompanying Sharma in his campaign.

Youth Akali Dal chief Bikram Majithia too ventured out in the rain and covered eight villages in Majitha constituency. He was seen moving around with his supporter holding an umbrella for him. “We held meetings in eight villages today despite the rain. The people are also turning up to listen (to the speech of Majithia),” said Majithia’s media advisor Sukhdeep Sidhu.

Congress nominee from Dera Baba Nanak Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa too weathered the inclement weather to cover 16 villages on Sunday. “All the meetings in the villages we covered were indoors,” said Randhawa’s supporter Gaurav.

In Amritsar also,BJP Member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu,accompanied by scores of BJP workers,took shelter under umbrella to inaugurate the main election office of his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu in city centre market

Heavy showers failed to affect the campaign in Jalandhar as the candidates organised meetings and small rallies in the city and rural areas.

While BJP’s KD Bhandhari from Jalandhar North constituency was busy in door-to-door campaigning,SAD’s Pargat Singh from Jalandhar Cantt organised meetings in several villages.

Congress’s Jagbir Brar (Jalandhar Cantt) said that “we cannot sit home waiting for the rain to stop as only two weeks remain to go for the polling day.”

“Adverse weather cannot stop us,” said Congress’ Rajinder Beri.

In Ludhiana,MP Manish Tiwari was seen campaigning for the candidates with umbrella in hand. He visited Gill constituency to campaign for Malkait Singh Dakha and Ludhiana East to campaign for Gurmail Singh Pehlwaan.

Apart from this,in Jagraonm SAD candidate SR Kler was seen campaigning in villages of Hathur. Kler said,“I had no umbrella with me today and got drenched. But it is all part of the game.”

Bharat Bhushan Ashu,Congress candidate from Ludhiana west was also seen campaigning in wet clothes.

With Anju Agnihotri Chaba and Rakjhi Jagga

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