The Prime Minister,Mr. Narendra Modi, will visit Kerala's Pathanamthitta district, where the Sabarimala temple is located, to interact with BJP workers on January 6, the state leadership confirmed on Thursday.
Mr. Modi will address 100 rallies across India, including three in Kerala, ahead of the 2019 elections. While the first will be held in Pathanamthitta on January 6, the second is likely to be conducted in Thrissur. The venue of the third rally is yet to be confirmed.
The BJP believes that it is gaining ground in the Pathanamthitta, Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram parliamentary constituencies, and the Prime Minister's rallies could galvanise its cadre ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
Kerala witnessed much turmoil over the last few months, after the Supreme Court rejected an age-old stricture to allow women of all ages to enter the Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala. While right-wing groups claimed the court's writ does not extend into the religious domain, the Pinarayi Vijayan government said it will do everything in its capacity to ensure that the order is carried out.
The clashes that followed made many believe that the BJP , which has long tried to gain a foothold in the southern state, would stand to benefit from the controversy.