Coimbatore, Apr 9:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive here on today to campaign for the party candidate C P Radhakrishnan, the BJP said Thursday. Modi will address a public meeting in which Chief Minister K Palaniswami, Tamil Maanila Congress leader, G K Vasan and DMDK’s Premalatha Vijayakanth will participate, BJP state general secretary Vanathi Srinivasan told reporters. Vanathi said arrangements have been made to accommodate five lakh people for Modi’s meeting.
The city police have tightened security in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Coimbatore on Tuesday. The police have taken control of the Codissia Grounds, the venue for public meeting. As per the schedule, Mr. Modi will arrive at Coimbatore airport between 6.30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in a chopper from Mysuru.
At the public meeting, Mr. Modi will campaign for the NDA candidates contesting from the Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Pollachi, Tiruppur and Erode districts. Mr. Palaniswami, senior leaders of the AIADMK, BJP and other coalition parties from Tamil Nadu, will take part in the meeting.
After the meeting, Mr. Modi will leave Coimbatore in a scheduled aircraft around 8 p.m. Traffic restrictions will be effective between airport junction (Sitra) and Codissia road junction on Avinashi Road at the time of the arrival and departure of the Prime Minister.
Police said tight vigil would be maintained in and around Codissia grounds, venue of the meeting. The Bomb detection squad inspected the area this afternoon, they said. Over 2,000 police personnel would be deployed in and around the venue, which is four km from the city airport, they added.