Heat wave hits election campaign in Tamil NaduApril 12, 2016 13:12
Tamil Nadu is facing a heat wave -- two persons are already dead and 15 have been affected by the heat stroke -- which has left political parties confused as to how to tailor their election campaign around it.
Be it the AIADMK or Vijayakanth's DMDK, election rallies are organised during the day time between 12 noon and 3 pm, when the sun is at its blazing best.
The reason for this timing, despite the heat, is that political leaders use helicopters to move around the state and security regulations dictate that the choppers should compulsorily take off before 5.30 pm.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, image alongside, who many cite as the front-runner in the elections, has adopted a pattern to her campaign. She takes off from Chennai by helicopter to the interiors, and gets back to her Poes Garden residence in the capital by 6 pm.
Of course, because of the daytime heat wave, this schedule has caused much inconvenience to both the AIADMK cadres and also the public that throngs her meetings.
With just a month to go for the voting, how will the political parties alter their campaign timings? Wait and watch.