PM Narendra Modi to address rallies in Kerala, Trivandrum

| Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 08:36
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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu

Prime Minister Modi is addressing public meetings in these districts for the first time

New Delhi: As vigorous electioneering is on in poll-bound Kerala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address poll rallies in three districts of the state on Sunday.
Prime Minister Modi who arrives in Kerala today for the second round of election campaign, will address poll rallies in Kasaragod, Alappuzha and Trivandrum districts.
Soon after arrival in the morning, the Prime Minister will address a gathering in Kasargod, the northern-most district bordering Karnataka. In the afternoon, he will address an election rally in Alappuzha's Kuttanad, better known as the rice bowl of Kerala.
Kuttanad is all about an agrarian community, noted for its farming below the sea level, with vast paddy fields in peculiar natural settings.
In the evening, he will address the public in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari, after which he will address a rally in Trivandrum, where prominent leaders of all major political parties are in the fray. Prime Minister Modi is addressing public meetings in these districts for the first time.
BJP national president Amit Shah, who launched his assembly poll campaign in the state at Ranni earlier on Thursday, had former defence minister A. K. Antony as his main target, highlighting the veteran Congress leader's alleged role in the Agusta Westland chopper deal and ridiculing his theory of a saffron agenda in Kerala.
Shah also countered the CPM statement that communal harmony here will be ruined if the BJP comes into power.
Political campaigning is reaching its crescendo in Tamil Nadu ahead of the state assembly general election.
Prominent leaders from various parties are garnering support for their candidates and alliance partners, with the May 16 election just nine days away.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has launched the process of postal votes for those involved in election duties today. The seizure of unaccounted money in the state has reached Rs. 84 crore so far.
Tamil Nadu will vote in a single phase on May 16 while the results will be announced on May 19.
Tamil Nadu has 234 assembly seats. In the 2011 assembly elections, AIADMK had won 150, DMDK-29, DMK-23, CPM-10, CPI-9 and others-13 seats respectively. 

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