Kerala parties bring out big guns as national leaders boost election campaign in the final stages
As the Kerala Assembly election enters its final phase, the national leaders of the respective alliances are either coming or in the state to boost the campaign process. While senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is already in Kerala, he will be campaigning for the UDF at Kottayam and Ernakulam today. Following Rahul, sources claim that Priyanka Gandhi is also coming to Kerala on March 30 and will be here till April 2.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will arrive at the Nedumbassery airport at 9 pm tonight and will reach Tripunithura by helicopter from there the next morning. He is here to boost the NDA’s election campaigning in Kerala, which is sorely needed after the alliance lost three candidates. There are not NDA candidates in Thalasseri, Guruvayur and Devikulam after their nominations were rejected by the respective returning officers for improper filing. The BJP had previously planned a large scale campaigning including a roadshow at Thalasseri but it seems all was for waste.
While Shah has a public function in Tripunithura on Wednesday morning, he will attend a roadshow from Statue Junction to Poornathrayesa Temple Junction. The Union Home Minister will then reach Kanjirappaly at 11.30 am and will address a public event at Ponkunnam Shreyas Public School ground. He will address another campaign event at Puttingal Devi Temple Grounds at 2.30 pm. After which he will move to Coimbatore to take part in the election campaigning in Tamil Nadu.
Apart from Shah, Gautam Gambhir will arrive in Kerala reportedly around 11 am to support BJP’s election ventures in Kerala. He will reach Kochi first, and then move to Irinjalakuda where former IPS officer Jacob Thomas is standing. After participating in a few public events, Gambhir will move to Angamaly to interact with youngsters.
For the CPM, the party’s general secretary Sitaram Yechury will address M Rajagopalan’s election campaign rally at Neeleswaram. The event will be held at 11 am at Rajas Higher Secondary School grounds. Moreover, Polit Bureau member MA Baby will attend five election public meetings in the district. Moreover, former MP and president of the All India Democratic Women’s Association Subhashini Ali will reportedly reach Kochi for CPM. Prakash Karat is also reported to campaign for the left in Kerala in this session at various locations.