PM Modi holds road show in Chennai, begins 2-day TN visit for LS polls

Chennai, Apr 9 (UNI) With the campaigning reaching a feverish pitch as the Lok elections are just 10 days away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a road show in Chennai city on Tuesday evening as part of his campaign for the BJP-led NDA candidates.

The single phase polling for 39 seats in Tamil Nadu and the lone seat in Puducherry will be held on April 19.

Earlier, Mr Modi arrived at the airport here on a two-day visit to campaign for the BJP-led NDA candidates ahead of the elections.

He was received at the airport by BJP state President K Annamalai, Union Minister L.Murugan and others.

Immediately after his arrival Mr Modi, clad in traditional dhoti and white shirt and an angavastaram around his neck, held a road show in Chennai city by carrying a replica of BJP symbol ‘Lotus’ on his hand.

He later left for Raj Bhavan for overnight stay.

On Wednesday he will hold election meetings in Vellore and Coimbatore.

Mr Modi, who arrived by a special aircraft from Maharashtra at 1805 hrs, drove straight to Panagal park in T.Nagar area, which was once a prominent place for public meetings, where he held a road show as part of garnering votes for the candidates of the BJP and its alliance parties.

He garnered votes for the BJP candidates contesting in all the three Chennai constituencies–Chennai South, Chennai Central and Chennai North–which were considered as pocketboroughs of the ruling DMK.

BJP leader and former Telangana Governor and Puducherry Lt.Governor Ms Tamilisai Soundararajan,who had returned to active politics after resigning her gubernatorial posts, is contesting from Chennai South, BJP’s Vinod Selvam and Legal Wing leader Paul Kanagaraj are contesting from the Chennai Central and Chennai North constituencies respectively.

Mr Modi, flanked by Mr Annamalai, Ms Tamilisai and other contesting candidates, of BJP, with photos of Lotus in their hands, travelled in a tastefully decorated open jeep as shouts of ‘Modi, Modi, Modi’ rent the air, with the decibel level reaching a crescendo.

The road show lasted nearly an hour and it culminated at Teynampet area in the city.

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