Hectic campaigning by party leaders across TN for elections

Chennai: With just 11 days left for Lok Sabha elections in Tamilnadu, campaigning has hit a feverish pitch across the State.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi would be arriving in the next few days to campaign for their alliance candidates.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam and DMK president M K Stalin are busy canvassing for votes.

Elections to 39 Lok Sabha seats and by-polls to 18 Assembly seats in Tamilnadu will take place in a single phase 18 April. Filing of nominations began 19 March and concluded 26 March.

Senior leaders including P Chidambaram (Congress), Vaiko (MDMK), Balakrishnan (CPM), Thirumavalavan (VCK) are touring the State canvassing for their party candidates. The leaders of alliance partners of the AIADMK including Dr Ramadoss (PMK), Premalatha Vijayakanth (DMDK) are addressing rallies across Tamilnadu.

Narendra Modi will speak at a mega rally in Coimbatore 9 April and 13 April in Andipatti. He is also expected to visit Ramanathapuram.

He addressed a public meeting in Chennai 6 March and kickstarted the campaign on behalf of the AIADMK-led alliance. BJP national president Amit Shah visited Sivaganga, Coimbatore and Thoothukudi to campaign for the BJP candidates contesting from these constituencies.

Rahul Gandhi will take part in a public meeting in Theni 13 April. This is his first visit to Tamilnadu after he filed nomination from Wayanad in Kerala.

Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh will be campaigning for AIADMK combine’s candidates in various parts of Tamilnadu today. He will be addressing election rallies at Perambalur and Sivaganga.

NT Bureau