Rahul Gandhi to kickstart TN poll campaign on 23 January

Chennai: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will hit the campaign trail on 23 January in Tamilnadu where assembly elections are likely to be held in April-May, party state unit chief KS Azhagiri said on Wednesday.

He also asserted the present Congress- Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) alliance would continue for the elections and said it would be a welcome development if actor-politician Kamal Haasan joined the combine.

Haasan, who last week completed his first round of campaign, has ruled out joining hands with ruling AIADMK or the DMK, which is going all out to come back to power in the state after being in opposition for ten years.

“Rahul Gandhi will attend election meetings in Coimbatore and Tirupur districts on 23 January. He has also agreed to visit Erode for a Congress public meeting,” the Tamilnadu Congress Committee (TNCC) President said.

This will be the second visit of the former Congress president to the state this month.

Earlier, on 14 January, he had witnessed jallikattu event in Madurai in southern Tamilnadu.

Interestingly, Gandhi would launch the campaign from western Tamilnadu, the home region of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, who hails from neighbouring Salem district.

Palaniswami, declared as the chief ministerial candidate by the AIADMK, has already launched his campaign.

Rival DMK chief MK Stalin has been addressing a series of ‘people’s grama sabha’ meetings across the state in the run-up to the elections.

Rahul Gandhi’s detailed tour programme would be announced today, Azhagiri said.


NT Bureau