Poll Announcement In "Rahu Kaal" Worries Politicians From South

NEW DELHI: As the Election Commission today made it official that the dates for the national election would be announced at 5 pm, concerns were expressed by a few politicians - but entirely of the astrological kind.

Some politicians from the south, including a governor, wanted the timing of the announcement changed. The reason - today, the period between 4.30 and 6 pm would be Rahu Kaal or an inauspicious time of the day, which is not considered favourable for the start of any activity. Some of the "worried" politicians questioned whether the powerful election body could reschedule its press meet.

According to mythology, Rahu Kaal covers a span of about 90 minutes every day in between sunrise and sunset.