Kerala Witnesses Massive Tours Marking End of Open Campaign for Assembly Votes | India News
Congressional leader Rahul Gandhi during an election campaign meeting, prior to the Kerala assembly elections, in Thiruvananthapuram.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Mass tours and long rallies, led by top national and state leaders on Sunday, marked the end of the week-long high-octane open campaign for the April 6 Assembly elections in Kerala.
Despite a ban imposed by the Electoral Commission on the usual crowded culmination of the open voting campaign in light of the COVID-19 situation, the massive participation of party workers could be seen in the final events in most of the 140 electoral districts.
Known as “Kottikalasham” in the local parlance, the end of the open voting campaign used to be a jamboree in the southern state in which all political parties tried to show their strength by bringing in a maximum number of followers to add color to the show. .
Party workers also set up small fireworks and set off cookies in some places.
The ban appears to have failed to stifle the spirit of the political parties, as many streets were packed with party workers, who were seen waving their respective flags, raising slogans and dancing to the music played in many places. .
While Congressional Leader Rahul Gandhi toured North Kozhikode district and Nemom in Thiruvananthapuram, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan led a mass in Dharmadam in Kannur, his local constituency.
Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala also participated in a tour in Nedumkandam in the Idukki district.
In Dharmadam, in this Marxist stronghold in Kannur, where Vijayan rode in an open red jeep, greeting his followers lined up on both sides of the road.
The massive participation of people carrying red flags, umbrellas and balloons with the party symbols of the hammer, sickle and star, virtually turned the place into a red sea.
The women, children and the elderly who came out to catch a glimpse of the final show were also not less in many places.
At 7:00 pm, the open campaign came to a formal end in Kerala.
The state would witness a silent campaign on Monday before going to the polls on April 6.