Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Kerala canceled for second time

Thursday, May 12, 2016,10:29 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was forced to cancel his visit to Kerala for the second time due to health reasons, party sources said Wednesday.

Rahul Gandhi had earlier cancelled his two-day visit to Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Kerala for poll campaigning, which was to commence Tuesday as he was suffering from high fever. “Unfortunately I have been down with high fever since Sunday and the doctor has advised rest for the next two days”, the 45-year-old Congress leader had said on micro-blogging site Twitter on Monday night. “My apologies to the ppl of Puducherry, Tamil Nadu & Kerala for missing this opportunity of being with them on 10th &11th May as planned. Shall keep everyone updated about the rescheduled visits”, Rahul had said in his tweets.

The cancellation had come close on the heels of reported threat to his life after former Union minister V Narayanasamy received an anonymous letter written in Tamil. Rahul had later rescheduled his Kerala trip to May 12 and 13. On Thursday, Gandhi was supposed to arrive at Pattambi in Palakkad district and address a public rally for Congress candidates of Thrithala, Shornur and Ottapalam, besides some other events.

On Monday, top Congress leaders had met Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking adequate security for the party Vice President following an anonymous letter threatening to attack Rahul and Narayanasamy at an election meeting in Puducherry. Narayanasamy, an AICC General Secretary, had said in Puducherry that he had received an unsigned letter threatening to attack him and Rahul. The Special Protection Group and the Intelligence Bureau were on Monday ordered by the Government to take maximum precautions for Rahul Gandhi’s security in the wake of the threat letter.