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PM Modi to address public meeting in Thiruvananthapuram today

It is Modi's third public meeting in Kerala in the last two months, the earlier ones at Thrissur and Kochi.
Last Updated 26 February 2024, 10:52 IST

Thiruvananthapuram: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a public meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday, BJP camps are eagerly awaiting whether an announcement regarding the party's Thiruvananthapuram candidate will be made or not.

It is Modi's third public meeting in Kerala in the last two months, the earlier ones at Thrissur and Kochi.

BJP sources said that a formal announcement regarding the party candidate in Thiruvananthapuram was likely by February 29 only. But there could be some indications at tomorrow's public meeting, which is being held in connection with the Kerala yatra of BJP state president K Surendran.

Even as union minister of state for electronics and IT and Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka Rajeev Chandrasekhar is the front runner, many party state leaders are skeptical about his chances of winning. Though a section in the party suggested Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, party sources said that she might be fielded in Tamil Nadu. BJP senior leader and former Mizoram governor Kummanam Rajasekharan was also being considered.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is likely to contest for the fourth consecutive time from Thiruvananthapuram, while CPI's senior leader and former MP Panniyan Raveendran is left-front candidate.

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(Published 26 February 2024, 10:52 IST)

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