5 Oct : Election campaign hots up in assembly poll bound states of Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh while Pawar campaigns in Nasik and Advani addresses rally in Ambala.
With less than a week left before campaign ends for the Maharashtra Assembly polls, heavy rains in the state have hampered poll campaign.
The Rains have claimed 25 lives in the state so far and have led to election rallies literally getting washed out at several places.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s poll rallies in Nanded and Nashik were put off by a day owing to rains.
Her rallies scheduled for Tuesday in Mumbai will now take place on Wednesday.
The helicopter BJP of General Secretary Gopinath Munde could not land due to inclement weather on Sunday and landed at Morwa village after it took off from Chandrapur in Vidarbha.
Munde later made it to the rally, riding pillion on a policeman’s motorcycle.
BJP president Rajnath Singh’s election meetings at Bodwad and Chalisgaon in Jalgaon district of north Maharashtra were cancelled on Sunday due to rains.
Rajnath addressed the Bodwad rally via mobile phone.
Eight choppers have been criss-crossing poll-bound Arunachal Pradesh ferrying central and state leaders of Congress, NCP and BJP in the hilly tribal state.
Arunachal Pradesh has the lowest density of roads in the country.
The thinly populated state has a vast area of 84,000 square kilometres and 83 per cent forest cover.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had campaigned for the ruling Congress flying into Pasighat by IAF helicopters from Dibrugar in Assam on 3rd October.
BJP President Rajnath Singh, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister S.K Modi and Venkaiah Naidu and Shatrughna Sinha campaigned for the saffron party in the state.
NCP General Secretary and former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma has been camping in Itanagar since October three and making campaign rounds.
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and party chief Sonia Gandhi are scheduled to campaign on October six and eight respectively.
Trinamool Congress leaders, including some central ministers are also expected to arrive from Kolkata in a few days.