Cyclone Ockhi has already turned into a "deep depression" and may not hit the Gujarat coast near Surat as predicted earlier but the cyclonic storm has already cancelled many rallies scheduled for Wednesday in poll-bound Gujarat.
Be it the political rallies of Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party or the campaign meetings of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, almost all the programmes that were earlier scheduled for today have now been postponed.
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#PM Narendra Modi, who was set to address an election rally in Gujarat's Surat, has postponed his rally in view of cyclone Ockhi, party leaders said. "The Prime Minister's rally in Limbayat assembly has been postponed in view of the cyclone Ockhi," a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said.
#Besides Modi's rally, a public meeting of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BJP MP Manoj Tiwari in Surat on Wednesday have also been postponed.
#Following the bad weather in several parts of the state, BJP president Amit Shah too had to cancel his several public meetings in Rajula town of Amreli and Mahuva and Shihor of Bhavnagar district.
#The BJP also called off rallies and press conferences of Yogi Adityanath and Vasundhara Raje, chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, respectively, which were scheduled to be held in Surat.
#While Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi held a poll rally in Anjar but his three rallies in Morbi, Dhrangadhra and Surendranagar were cancelled due to the impending cyclone. Gandhi's rallies in Narmada, Dang and Tapi districts have been cancelled and he will now address public meetings at Chhotaudepur, Ahmedabad, Anand, and in Kheda district on December 8, a Congress release said.
#"The deep depression over east-central Arabian Sea moved further north-northeastwards with a speed of 18 kmph during the past six hours and lay centred over east-central Arabian Sea near latitude 19.4o N and longitude 71.5o E, about 240 km south-southwest of Surat and 150 km west-northwest of Mumbai," the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast said.
#"It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards, weaken further and cross south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra coasts near Surat as a depression by tonight (December 5-6 2017)," the bulletin read.
#However, there is also a probability of dissipation of the system over the sea before the landfall due to unfavourable environmental conditions, like high wind shear and colder sea surface temperatures near the coast, it added.
#Regional IMD officials said the cyclone had already weakened into a deep depression.
#"The cyclone has already weakened into a deep depression and it is highly likely that it will turn into a depression. There are possibilities that it does not hit the coast at all and, as there is a probability of dissipation over the sea before the landfall," Jayanta Sarkar, director of the MeT office, said.