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Rahul Gandhi, the Congress president, visited Kerala to kick start the Lok Sabha Election campaigns as well as the assessment of final candidates list. LDF had already announced their candidate list and had started campaigning as well. Rahul’s visit is expected to be invigorating to the UDF front, where all the crucial decisions still hang in the balance.

He arrived at the Cochin airport and headed towards Thrissur by Wednesday night. In this two day visit, Rahul is expected to officially launch the election campaigns in Kozhikode. He would, as well be having a few unofficial visits. In Thrissur, he met senior party leaders like KPCC President Mullappally Ramachandran, AICC general secretaries Oommen Chandy, K.C. Venugopal, and Mukul Vasnik among others. He also met the Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala at Rama Nilayam on Wednesday.

On Thursday, he will be attending the fishermen’s parliament at Triprayar. Later, he would fly to Kannur for a meet with the family of slain Youth Congress leader Shuhaib at the airport. After which he would be leaving for Kasargod and meet the families of Kripesh and Sarathlal, the Youth Congress activists, who were allegedly killed by the CPI(M) activists recently.

Rahul would then leave for Kozhikode, where he would attend the Janamaha rally, in which thousands of party workers from six north Kerala districts are expected to participate. Though he was earlier scheduled to visit the house of slain CRPF jawan V.V. Vasanathakumar in Wayanad, there are media reports that it is unlikely to happen as the security agencies are yet to give clearance owing to Maoist threat.

He is also expected to hold discussions with senior party leaders on the selection procedure of candidates, poll preparations and strategy as the Lok Sabha polls is just 40 days away in the state. Also while the political drama being played by Mani – Joseph groups in Kerala Congress making the scene hot, it is not sure if Rahul would interfere in this case.

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