New Delhi, May 10: A day after the Congress unit in Puducherry received a threat letter against the party vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, the latter cancelled his trip to the poll-bound southern region, including Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.
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The office of the leader posted a tweet saying Rahul was down with high fever since Sunday (May 8) and the doctor advised him to take rest for the next two days.
Rahul was scheduled to address a rally of the DMK-Congress alliance at Karaikal in Puducherry on Tuesday (May 10). Senior Congress leader V Narayanasamy had received an anonymous letter on May 5 threatening to kill Rahul Gandhi at an election meeting. The letter was written in Tamil, it was said.
My apologies to the ppl of Puducherry, Tamil Nadu & Kerala for missing this opportunity of being with them on 10th &11th May as planned(2/3)— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) May 9, 2016
Unfortunately I have been down with high fever since Sunday and the Doctor has advised rest for the next two days(1/3)— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) May 9, 2016
Congress leaders met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh soon after on the issue and the government approved additional for the 45-year-old leader, who is covered under the Special Protection Group security.
Narayanasamy said he had filed a complaint with the police and also spoke to the party high command on the matter.
It was in the month of May (21st) 25 years ago when Rahul Gandhi's father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide blast during a rally for the Lok Sabha election in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. He was 47 then.