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Soaring mercury keep Uttar Pradesh candidates on tenterhooks

Soaring mercury keep Uttar Pradesh candidates on tenterhooks
PTI
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First Published: Fri, Apr 24 2009. 05 21 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Apr 24 2009. 05 21 PM IST
Kanpur: With temperature continuously hovering above 40 degrees Celcius, candidates in Uttar Pradesh are a worried lot and busy devising ways to bring the elector out to vote in sweltering heat.
The last two phase of Lok Sabha polls saw 40-42% votes being cast in the state and candidates in the industrial town of Kanpur are skeptical of people coming out in large numbers.
Kanpur goes to polls of 30 April.
“If our voters cannot leave their houses because of this heat, then what is the point in working hard in campaigning and holding rallies,” said district president of Samajwadi Party (SP), Nasiruddin.
“Our primary concern now is to devise a strategy to make the voters step out of their houses,” he added.
“We have formed booth-wise committees, with ten workers allotted to each booth. Two of them would be stationed at the booths, while the rest eight will urge voters step out of their houses,” he informed.
Veteran Congress leader Rohit Kohli said when the Election Commission has barred the candidates or their supporters from providing transport to the voters, the only way out is to go to their houses and request them to cast their votes.
The 30 April election will see Congress candidate and Union minister for home affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal, Bharatiya Janata Party member and member of Legislative Assembly of Cant area Satish Mahana, Bahujan Samajwadi Party member and sitting member of Parliamnet Sukhda Mishra and Surendra Agarwal from SP battling for Kanpur Lok Sabha seat.
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First Published: Fri, Apr 24 2009. 05 21 PM IST