PM Modi, Sonia Gandhi to begin campaign for Kerala polls in May

  • PTI, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2016 15:03 IST
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former PM Manmohan Singh and Congress president Soina Gandhi in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi will hit the campaign trail in Kerala before the May 16 assembly elections.

While BJP sources said the exact date of Modi’s visit to the state for poll campaign has not been finalised yet as the Parliament session is starting on Monday, Sonia Gandhi will address rallies in Thiruvananthapuram and Thrissur on May 9.

A hectic schedule has been drawn up for Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi who will be in the state on May 12.

He will travel to four districts in a helicopter to address conventions at Kayamkulam, Angamally, Udumbanchola and Kozhikode, Congress sources said.

BJP’s national president, Amit Shah, with Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman and Smriti Irani, will also address meetings.

The saffron party has forged an alliance with the Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), a political party launched by the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP), an organisation of backward Ezhava community, led by its general secretary Vellapally Natesan.

BJP-led NDA alliance is putting up a triangular fight in most of the 140 assembly constituencies in Kerala, which hitherto had witnessed a bi-polar contest between the ruling Congress-led UDF and opposition CPI(M)-led LDF.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Politburo members Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat and Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar will be among the top national leaders to campaign in the state, where 93-year-old old VS Achutanandan is still the star campaigner for the Left front.

Senior Congress leader and CWC member AK Antony will begin his campaign tour from the northern Kasaragod district on May 1 and end at Thiruvananthapuram on May 14. He will address poll meetings in all the 14 districts.

Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy, who is the Congress-UDF candidate from Puthupally in Kottayam district, will also address 14 rallies in all the 14 districts, starting from Kasaragod on April 26.

State home minister Ramesh Chennithala, who is trying is luck from Haripad, will begin his tour from April 27 from Thiruvananthapuram and conclude on May 7 at Alapuzha.

Kerala PCC president VM Sudheeran will kick off his campaign from Ernakulam on Monday and end in Palakkad on May 8.

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