Rahul Gandhi to share dais with Stalin in Madurai
Madurai: Ahead of Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will hold a public rally on Saturday to campaign for candidates of the DMK-Congress alliance.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader MK Stalin will also accompany Gandhi in the rally. Tight security arrangements have been made and the entire area is expected to come under a security blanket. The Congress Party would be contesting on 41 seats in the coming assembly polls in Tamil Nadu.
The decision came after senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad met DMK chief M. Karunanidhi on April 4 for seat-sharing. The DMK had walked out of the UPA alliance in 2013, after joining hands for 2004 Lok Sabha polls.
Both the parties however, revived the alliance on February 13, with Azad, the in charge of Congress affairs in Tamil Nadu, holding the first round of seat-sharing talks with Karunanidhi on March 25, 2016 in Chennai.
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.