Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reached Puducherry on Wednesday to kick-start the party’s election campaign. Mr Gandhi arrived to a warm welcome by Puducherry CM V Narayanasami & many other Congress leaders on Wednesday.

“We welcome our beloved Hon’ble MP Shri. @RahulGandhi ji with warmth, love & support to #Puducherry,” CM V Narayanasami tweeted on Wednesday. Earlier in the day the CM also said that the AFT ground and the Solai nagar beach in Puducherry are being prepared to accommodate Rahul Gandhi’s public meeting organised by the party and an interaction with the fishing community, respectively.

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee too welcomed Mr Gandhi by tweeting “Our beloved leader Mr. Rahul Gandhi has arrived at Puducherry. He was received by CM Narayanasami, Congress leader K S Alagiri, MPs and MLAs of Puducherry & other leaders.”

Rahul Gandhi’s visit comes amid a political crisis in Puducherry, with the Congress-led government losing majority & Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi recalled by the President.

4 MLAs of the Congress party have resigned since January 2021 & the ruling coalition of the Congress & the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(DMK) now has 14 seats in the 33-member assembly. Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundarrajan has been given the additional responsibility of the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. Amidst this situation, Rahul Gandhi is set to begin his party’s campaign rally & is also scheduled to visit Tamil Nadu beginning next week.

Regarding the arrangements for Mr Gandhi’s visit, AICC in-charge for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Goa Dinesh Gundu Rao said “We have been focussed on Rahul ji’s visit; we’ll take stock of the situation after his programme.”

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