CHENNAI: Former Congress president and Lok Sabha member Rahul Gandhi will visit Tamil Nadu on January 14 when the state celebrates Pongal, the harvest festival. He will watch jallikattu (a traditional bull taming sport) at Avaniyapuram near Madurai.
“Rahul Gandhi is coming to Madurai on a one-day visit. Themed as “Rahul’s Thamizh Vanakkam,” he will celebrate Pongal and watch jallikattu at Avaniyapuram,” Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K S Alagiri said in Chennai on Tuesday.
The party is planning several more visits in the run up to the assembly election. “Rahul visited Tamil Nadu six times during Lok Sabha election. Later, for the assembly election, he will be visiting the state several more times. Starting with the western region, Rahul will visit south, north and the Delta districts,” Alagiri said.
He said the DMK-led alliance was a settled one with M K Stalin (DMK president) being the CM candidate. “Confusion still exists in the AIADMK alliance including about their CM candidate. Also, there are differences among leaders within the ruling party. We have already won the first round,” Alagiri said.
The TNCC president, however, sought to brush aside reports that the DMK wanted to contest the maximum number of seats and spare only a limited number of seats to the allies.
“Leaders of every party, while addressing their cadre, will say such things to encourage them. When the seat sharing talks begin, each party will seek and get its share of seats based on its strength,” Alagiri said, while adding pressure could not be used in a stable alliance.
“The problems actually exist in the AIADMK alliance. It is not so in our alliance,” Alagiri said.