Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to pay a brief visit to the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.
The prime minister will be in Kozhikode in Kerala for less than two hours to address the Third Global Ayurveda Festival, before travelling to Coimbatore in neighbouring Tamil Nadu for inaugurating the building of the ESIC Medical College and Hospital and formally handing it over to the state government.
In Coimbatore, will inaugurate building of ESIC Medical College & Hospital & hand it over to TN Govt. After that will join a public meeting.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 2, 2016
Will visit Kerala & Tamil Nadu today. Shall begin the tour by joining the Third Global Ayurveda Festival in Kozhikode.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 2, 2016
Security has been tightened and traffic restrictions imposed in both cities ahead of the prime minister’s visit.
Modi’s visit has assumed significance since both Kerala and Tamil Nadu will go to the polls in a few months time. The prime minister is expected to meet state BJP leaders at the Kozhikode airport and discuss electoral strategy.
Modi will spend no more than a few hours in Coimbatore too. Yet, his visit to the textile city is being keenly watched since the prime minister is scheduled to address a political rally, virtually launching the BJP’s campaign for general elections to the state assembly.
The BJP is hoping to put up a mega show at Coimbatore. Party officials say some five lakh people will attend Modi’s rally.
Though a marginal player in Tamil Nadu politics, the BJP-led NDA is hoping to make significant inroads in the state in the upcoming polls. Sources say the party has been in talks with film star-turned-politician Vijayakanth to bolster its alliance.