National leaders troop down to Kerala ahead of polls
With just a few days remaining for the crucial Assembly polls in Kerala, political parties are parading national leaders for election campaign in Kerala. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already visited the state twice and will be back on May 11 to campaign in Thripunithura constituency.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi will reach the state on Monday and address rallies at Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram.
Rahul Gandhi will campaign in the state on 11 and 12 May. National leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Sachin Pilot are also expected to tour the state in coming days seeking votes for the United Democratic Front (UDF). Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is in the state to campaign for JD(U), which is part of the UDF in the state.
Senior Congress leader A K Antony is already in the state and started his campaign by declaring that the United Democratic Front (UDF) is aim to ensure BJP-free Kerala Assembly.
BJP National President Amit Shah will address voters across the state till 14 May. He had kickstarted the BJP campaign on 1 May. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who addressed a series of public meetings last week will be back in the coming days. Union Minister Suresh Prabhu will reach the state on Monday.
CPM leaders Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yachuri are in the state spearheading the campaign of the Left Democratic Front (LDF). In all the meetings CPM leaders are primarily focusing on justifying their understanding with the Congress in West Bengal, which has become a hot election debate in Kerala where the Left is fighting against the Congress led-UDF.
The state will go to polls on 16 May.