EC asks for three IAF copters in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand Election Commission has sought the services of three IAF helicopters to deal with any emergency that may arise during Assembly polls.

Updated: Jan 19, 2012, 16:47 PM IST

Dehra Dun: With the weather continuing to
play truant in poll-bound Uttarakhand, the state Election
Commission has sought the services of three IAF helicopters to
deal with any emergency that may arise during the January 30
Assembly elections.

"We have made a request to the Indian Air Force (IAF) to
provide three helicopters during the Assembly polls to deal
with any emergency situation that may arise in the wake of
inclement weather," Uttarakhand Chief Electoral Officer Radha
Raturi said here yesterday.

She said the MeT department had predicted heavy snowfall
and rains on January 23 and 24 and the EC was making elaborate
arrangements for the smooth conduct of the polls.

"The possibility of a repoll also cannot be ruled out
keeping in view the prevailing weather conditions," she added.
Snowfall in the higher reaches of the hill state and
dense fog and rains in the plains during the last few days
have marred electioneering in Uttarakhand.

The inclement weather forced BJP President Nitin Gadkari
and Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri to cancel their
series of election rallies in various parts of the state
yesterday.

The candidates are also facing difficulties in
campaigning as most voters prefer remaining indoors due to the
biting cold.

While some political parties like the BJP have demanded
the postponement of the elections, the Congress has said that
it would honour any decision taken by the EC in this regard.
A top official of the state election commission, however,
said the polls would be held as per the schedule.

PTI