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Sonia Gandhi to campaign in Chennai

Congress president Sonia Gandhi will address an election rally in Chennai on Sunday along with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, Congress party members said on Friday.

india Updated: May 08, 2009 18:45 IST

Congress president Sonia Gandhi will address an election rally in Chennai on Sunday along with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, Congress party members said on Friday.

Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu (39 seats) and Puducherry (1 seat) will be held on May 13.

"Ms Gandhi and Karunanidhi will jointly address the rally May 10. Our party president will return to Delhi the same day," state Congress Legislature Party leader D Sudharsanam told reporters in Chennai on Friday.

The Congress president who was to tour Tamil Nadu May 6 cancelled her trip at the last moment citing the ill health of Karunanidhi who is now in the Apollo Hospital in Chennai .

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is flying to Chennai on Saturday and would address the media.

Though he will not be addressing an election meeting in Chennai, he will be meeting Karunanidhi.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, Congress general secretary, is on a day's tour to Tamil Nadu electioneering in Sivaganga and Trichy.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is seeking re-election from Sivaganga while Sarubala Thondaman is contesting from Trichy.

Other Congress leaders who will address meetings in the state are Ghulam Nabi Azad and Vayalar Ravi.