Imminent Ockhi puts off rallies of Rahul, Shah

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

Almost half a dozen rallies by star campaigners from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party as well as the opposition, scheduled for Tuesday and today, including those to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, had to be cancelled.

#While Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi held a poll rally in Anjar but his three rallies in Morbi, Dhrangadhra and Surendranagar were cancelled due to the impending cyclone. The first phase of Gujarat polls will take place on December 9 and cancellation of Gandhi's rallies will likely affect the party's election campaign in Modi government's stronghold state.

Be it the political rallies of Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party or the campaign meetings of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, nearly all the programmes that were earlier scheduled for today have now been postponed.

Amit Shah's cancelled rallies were to be held in Rajula, Mahua and Shihor.

#Besides Modi's rally, a public meeting of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BJP MP Manoj Tiwari in Surat on Wednesday have also been postponed.

Former Congress strongman Shankersinh Vaghela, who floated his "Jan Vikalp" front, was also forced to cancel his road shows and rallies in Junagadh, and Mahuva and Palitana towns of Saurashtra, a leader of his outfit said.

Though Vaghela was supposed to reach Surat tonight, he dropped his plan due to the approaching cyclone.

PM Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah have directed party workers to stop their campaign activities and instead help people in the coastal region move to safer places.

"The PM in his tweet said", With #CycloneOckhi expected to make a landfall in Gujarat, I appeal to @BJP4Gujarat Karyakartas to focus on helping people across the state.

In Surat, the BJP leaders have already started shifting people to safer places.

Dharmarpur town of southern Gujarat received the maximum rainfall of 25 mm, he said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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