Adilabad: Rising mercury takes heat out of campaigns
Deccan Chronicle| Pillalamarri Srinivas
Road shows organised in the evenings to beat the heat.
Leaders begin campaigning at 6am to 12 noon. They begin after 5 pm again. (Representational Image)
Adilabad: Due to the very high temperatures, election campaign timings have been cut short to avoid any untoward incident.
Rising temperatures have affected the campaigns of all the major political parties.
Many leaders even cut short their campaigning schedules and confined themselves to their homes, despite campaigning set to end in a couple of days. Leaders begin campaigning at 6am to 12 noon. They come out again after 5 pm.
Some second rung leaders were seen skipping campaigning and were found taking rest in guest houses and lodges, due to the soaring temperatures.
A woman Congress leader, who is campaigning for a party candidate, said that many people fainted during campaigning due to the high temperatures. Many leaders campaigned under the scorching sun, risking their lives.
Temperatures have crossed 40 degree celsius resulting in many people fainting due to dehydration.
However, senior party leaders of major political parties did not participate in the election campaign so far in Old Adilabad district.
Contesting candidates are trying their best to bring in top leaders to campaign for them in the last leg of the election campaign.
Neither the Congress nor the BJP top leaders so far have campaigned.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is scheduled to address a public meeting in Nirmal on April 7.
Political parties have been organising road shows in the evening when the atmosphere is cooler.
The BJP district leadership is planning to bring top BJP leaders to attend a public meeting in Kumarambheem and Asifabad district.
All the three major political parties have been focusing on the Assembly Constituency-level meetings, with party activists, instead of big meetings. This is being done to avoid unnecessary expenditure before the polls.
News has been making rounds that contesting candidates are preparing to spend money on the last two days, before the polls, to influence voters.