Chennai: Taking a clear lead over her rivals, AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa will hit the campaign trail on Saturday by addressing a mega rally in Island Grounds in the heart of Chennai.
Ms Jayalalithaa will address the rally, which is expected to be attended more than 2 lakh people, and introduce party candidates of 21 constituencies, including 16 in the city. Saturday’s public meeting is the first of the 14 rallies planned across Tamil Nadu.
At the rally, for which preparations are on the full swing, Ms Jayalalithaa will urge people to give her another term for continuation of the “welfare schemes that have immensely benefitted the people”. Ms Jayalalithaa is seeking re-election from R K Nagar in north Chennai.
She was elected from R K Nagar constituency in June, 2015 after the Karnataka high court acquitted her in the disproportionate assets case. Ms Jayalalithaa will address 14 election rallies in various districts between April 9 and May 12 and one rally in Puducherry, which also goes to polls on May 16.
Ms Jayalalithaa will address mega rallies in Virudachalam, Dharmapuri, Arupukkottai, Kancheepuram, Salem, Tiruchy, Madurai, Coimbatore, Villupuram, Perundurai, Thanjavur, Tirunelveli and Vellore as well. She will address an election rally in Puducherry on April 25.
Party sources also said the campaign has been planned in such a way that Ms Jayalalithaa returns to Chennai in the night after addressing each rally. The Chief Minister would travel in helicopter or take a flight according to the venue of the rally....