DMK Youth Wing leader and MK Stalin’s son Udayanidhi Stalin was arrested in Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattinam district while kickstarting the party’s massive pre-assembly poll outreach programme on Friday.

Udayanidhi Stalin, the son of party chief MK Stalin, was arrested as the police did not give permission for the programme at Thirukuvalai.

Police said Udhayanidhi and his supporters were held as the campaign violated the social distancing norms of the COVID-19 pandemic. They were lodged in a marriage hall for about an hour before being released.

Condemning the police action, DMK members staged a protest. “We will resume the programme from tomorrow (Saturday),” he said.

Over the next 75 days, DMK’s 15 leaders will meet people in all the 234 assembly constituencies to highlight the “misrule of the AIADMK government”, the DMK said.

Assembly elections in the state are due in April-May next year. The DMK is now keen to wrest power from AIADMK in the state where it has been in opposition for the last over nine years.

In a statement issued, DMK said the 15 party leaders will hold 15,000 meetings in four phases, travel 15,000 km, and hold 10 lakh discussions to spread DMK President MK Stalin’s message ‘Towards the Dawn’.

According to DMK, the purpose of this programme is to know the problems faced by the people apart from highlighting the misrule of AIADMK government.

The party will also gather people’s expectations of the next government post-2021 assembly polls.

DMK President Stalin will start his election campaign in January 2021.

The party’s Youth Wing Udayanidhi Stalin on Friday had begun the outreach programme in Nagapattinam district.

(With agency inputs)

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