Karunanidhi to launch election campaign from Chepauk
Chennai, Apr 3: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President M Karunanidhi will launch his first phase of two-week-long electioneering from his home turf Chepauk here on April nine.
Mr Karunanidhi, seeking re-election for the third successive term from the tiny constituency, has decided to devote four days in the first phase to seek votes, according to his campaign schedule released by the party headquarters today.
After addressing a workers's meet on April nine, the DMK leader would campaign on the next two days in Chepauk and two more days on April 18 and 19 after filing his nominations on April 17, the party release said.
Mr Karunanidhi, who would be turning 83 this June, would cover constituencies upto Villupuram on April 12, upto Cuddalore on April 13, upto Kumbakonam on April 14 and upto Pudukottai on April 15.
He would return to the city on April 17 to file his papers and after two days of campaign in Chepauk on April 18 and 19, he would campaign in constituencies upto Vellore district on April 20.
On the next day, he would campaign in Gudiyatham, Pernampet, Ambur, Vaniayambadi, Bargur and Krishnagiri. He would cover Dharmapuri and Salem districts on April 22 and Rasipuram, Thiruchengode, Bhavani, and Erode areas on April 23.
The DMK supremo would wind up his first-leg campaign by visiting Gobichettipalayam, Sathyamangalam areas, Bhavanisagar, Annoor, Mettupalayam, Thondamuthur and Coimbatore on April 24.
His second phase of campaign, covering southern districts would be announced separately, the release said.
Making it clear that Mr Karunanidhi would meet the electorate only at the scheduled places, the party headquarters appealed to partymen not to organise meetings at other places.
As the party was keen on obeying the Election Commission's directives and needed to complete the day's programme within the stipulated time, the party urged partymen not to organise meetings at other than specified places.
Partymen should also desist from presenting shawls, garlands and resorting to fire works display during the campaign, considering the time limits, it said and appealed to them not to follow Mr Karunanidhi's convoy with two wheelers and cars.