Modi is expected to campaign at three places in Tamil Nadu for the April 24 parliamentary polls. According to sources, the rally in Chennai will be held at AM Jain College in Meenambakkam at 7 pm.

The BJP appears confident this time as it has managed to bring onboard key local players like DMDK, MDMK, PMK and KMDK. The AIADMK is contesting all 39 seats on its own while DMK has formed an alliance with smaller parties like IUML and VCK.

The BJP, which never had a strong presence in Tamil Nadu, except in a few places such as Coimbatore and Kanyakumari districts, is now counting on the alliance and Modi’s growing popularity to revive the golden memories of 1998.

The BJP, which contested 12 seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls all alone, clocked a mere 2.3 percent vote share. Its present partner, DMDK, which too fought alone got 10.3 percent vote share. The BJP's other allies PMK and MDMK secured 5.72 percent and 3.67 percent respectively in the 2009 polls as part of the AIADMK combine.

According to sources, Congress president Sonia Gandhi is also expected to address an election rally in Nagercoil on April 16.

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