Manmohan rally cancelled due to inclement weather (Lead)

May 4th, 2009 - 11:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Faridabad, May 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had to cancel his public meeting in this Haryana town bordering the national capital Monday because of inclement weather.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda told the gathering waiting to hear the prime minister that his flight did not get permission because of the bad weather.

Singh had been campaigning in the state earlier in the day.

Hooda conveyed the prime minister’s “greetings and appeal” to vote for Congress candidate Avtar Singh Badhana from Faridabad.

Badhana, a sitting MP, faces a tough time in this election because three party legislators, including a minister, in Faridabad have openly shown their opposition to his candidature.

Over 2,000 people had gathered at the Dussehra Grounds in the town where the rally was to take place. Prithviraj Chavan, Congress general secretary in charge of Haryana, was also present.

“The main reason behind the low turnout in the rally was the opposition to these three legislators. Badhana is facing a real tough time and his chances of winning are very grim,” a Congress leader said pleading anonymity.

However, the cancellation of Manmohan Singh’s speech left enthusiastic Congress supporters disappointed who had gathered to see and listen to the prime minister.

As soon as Hooda announced that Manmohan Singh won’t be coming, people started leaving the place.

“Whether BJP or Congress, all politicians are good. But only a fortunate person becomes the prime minister. I had specially come to see how our prime minister looks like and what he has to say. I am definitely disappointed,” said 71-year-old Nautaram, who lives in a nearby area.

Within a few minutes of the rally finishing, the weather worsened with duststorm and heavy rains lashing the city. Some areas were also lashed by hailstorm.

Asgar Khan was also waiting enthusiastically to listen to the prime minister. “What should I say, I just wanted to listen to him. I had come from far away to see how he looks,” said Khan, who had come from Palwal area of Haryana.

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