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Oct 05, 2009 at 01:16pm IST

Rains hamper Maharashtra poll campaigns

Mumbai: Heavy rains have lashed parts of Maharashtra too and the bad weather has claimed another casualty. Campaigning for next week's assembly polls have taken a hit with the rains playing spoilsport.

Heavy rains in Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra are forcing politicians to back-paddle on campaigning.

At Vile Parle in suburban Mumbai, MNS party workers were left staring at what would have been the venue of a speech by their leader Raj Thackeray.

MNS leader Shirish Parker expressed helplessness saying that no one can stop rains.

Not just the MNS, most parties are being forced to shelve their campaigning because of the rains

The Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray's campaign at Mahad in the Raigad district was thrown out of gear, as was Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's tour of the state.

The rains washed out NCP president Sharad Pawar campaign plans to tour Aurangadbad as his aircraft could not land in bad weather

BJP leader Rajnath Singh had to be content with just making his speech on the cellphone.

NCP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal as well as Congress leader Kripashankar Singh had to cancel their padyatras. Mumbai Congress President Kripashankar Singh expressed inability to go door-to-door on canvassing campaign and therefore resorted to group meetings.

The rains haven't spared cricketer-turned politician Vinod Kambli either. Kambli, who is contesting from Vikhroli on Lok Bharati Party ticket had to seek cover under a crowded bus shelter.

With just a few more days of campaigning left and the Met department predicting heavy showers for Mumbai, the politicians have been left asking for a better weather.