Election campaigns in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry pick up pace

PM Narendra Modi will visit Pathanamthitta and Thiruvananthapuram on April 2. (Photo credit: ANI)

Voting will be held in a single phase in all three on April 6.

With less than a week to go before voting begins in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, election campaigns in the two States and the Union Territory are gaining momentum.

The single-phase polling in Kerala, Tamil Nadu along with the Union Territory of Puducherry will be held on April 6. There are 957 candidates in the fray for the 140 Assembly Constituencies of Kerala.  The total number of candidates is 4,125 in respect of 234 Constituencies in Tamil Nadu. In Puducherry, 324 candidates will be vying for the 30 Assembly seats. Apart from these, the third phase of Assembly elections in Assam and West Bengal will also be held on the same day when 338 candidates will be contesting for 40 seats of Assam and 205 candidates for 31 seats of West Bengal.

Also, Lok Sabha by-polls will be conducted simultaneously for Kanyakumari seat in Tamil Nadu where 12 candidates are in the fray and also for Malappuram seat in Kerala, where six candidates are taking part in the electoral battle.

In Kerala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Pathanamthitta and Thiruvananthapuram on April 2 while Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is expected to visit the State on April 3 and April 4. Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is reaching out to people at their homes across the State over the Sabarimala verdict which is a major political issue.

PM Narendra Modi will address rallies in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to campaign for the BJP and its allies. (Video Courtesy: India Today)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and a prominent BJP campaigner, Yogi Adityanath, is on a two-day tour of Tamil Nadu and Kerala while Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will campaign in Tamil Nadu on April 3. She will visit Sriperumbudur and also campaign in the Kanyakumari district.

In Puducherry, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today participated in a series of roadshows to campaign for the NDA candidates.

(Edited by Nihit Sachdeva, with agency inputs)