Ex-CM sits in rain during poll rally

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Apr 17: National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah today got off a covered stage and chose to sit in the rain, drawing cheers from party workers who had come to hear him at an election rally in south Kashmir’s Shangus area.
He was campaigning for Hasnain Masoodi, the NC’s candidate for the Ananatnag Lok Sabha seat, which goes to polls in three phases from April 29 to May 6.
Abdullah walked down from the stage and sat in the ‘buffer zone’, which was created between the podium and the audience due to security reasons.
He sat for around 30 minutes in heavy rain as other NC leaders addressed the rally.
The former Chief Minister drew applause from his party workers and supporters for this rare gesture.