CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa returned to Chennai from her Kodanad hill retreat in the Nilgiris on Sunday.

She was given a grand send off by party workers at Kodanad. They performed dances clad in traditional attire and played musical instruments.

At Coimbatore, she met and congratulated the AIADMK candidates who emerged victorious in the local body elections in Kerala.

According to party sources, Jayalalithaa arrived in Chennai from Coimbatore on a special flight.

Several senior party members and functionaries received her at Chennai airport. She reached her Poes Garden residence around 4 pm.

The AIADMK supremo went to Kodanad on October 14, and was expected to arrive back in the city only in the first week of December.

According to sources, the change in schedule took partymen by surprise.

With a view to commemorate the AIADMK chief’s return to the city and to launch the third segment of the party’s 2016 assembly election campaign series, the party’s IT wing released sky lanterns at Elliot’s Beach here on Sunday evening.

Initially, the IT Wing team planned to release 234 sky lanterns to symbolize their goal of winning all 234 seats in the state assembly election.

Owing to the incessant downpour, the team released some lanterns as a symbolic gesture.

According to a senior official of the IT wing, the tagline of the latest campaign is ‘Thodarattum Mempadu, Jolikkatum Tamil Nadu’ (Let development continue, let Tamil Nadu shine).

State higher education minister P Palaniappan, social welfare minister B Valarmathi, district secretaries and other party officials were present at the launch.

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Source: TOI-Che