With the assembly elections scheduled in May next year, the ruling DMK and the opposition AIADMK in Tamil Nadu have put their party apparatus in election mode and are organising rallies in different parts of the state.
DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, who had not taken part in the campaigning during the Lok Sabha polls last year due to health problems, has started addressing public meetings.
AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, who had virtually launched her party's electioneering at Coimbatore last month, addressed a public meeting at Tiruchirapalli early this month and is planning to tour the state extensively from the next month.
Not to be seen lagging behind, DMK too has been organising meetings at places where Jayalalithaa had her party rallies.
Karunanidhi had already addressed a public meeting at Coimbatore in the state's eastern part, considered to be the AIADMK's bastion. The party had won most of the seats in the region in the last assembly polls and Lok Sabha elections.
In a bid to win over the region's voters, the DMK organised the World Classical Tamil meet in June with great pomp and show and spent a considerable amount for the development of the Textile town, popularly known as the Manchester of South India.
The party also organised a massive public meeting in the town last month.
To counter the AIADMK's Tiruchirappalli meet, DMK is organising a public meeting there on September 8 to be addressed by the Chief Minister. Transport Minister and DMK's Tiruchirapalli District secretary K Nehru has been supervising the arrangements for the meet.
On the other hand, Jayalalithaa is planning to address a meeting at Madurai, considered to be the stronghold of Karunanidhi's elder son, Union Fertilisers Minister MK Alagiri.