Even the special flight in which she arrived here was forced to remain airborne for about 30 minutes over the airport due to the downpour and landed around 4 pm.

Sonia Gandhi was to take a helicopter to Thrissur, about 60 km from here. However, due to the inclement weather, the chopper ride was abandoned, police sources said.

After a slight delay, the UPA chairperson left for Thrissur in a bullet-proof car.

She was addressing election meetings at Thrissur and Kozhikode on Monday, a day before the campaigning for the April 10 Lok Sabha elections comes to a close.


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