With the Lok Sabha election fever catching up, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be holding a public rally in Tamil Nadu on Sunday and will lay foundation story for a new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the state.
His visit will be watched closely as there are rumours that the ruling faction of AIADMK may go with the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.
Modi will arrive in the temple town of Madurai, a stronghold of Dravidian parties, on Sunday morning to lay the foundation stone for the new AIIMS, which will be built at a cost Rs 1,264 crore and is expected to go on stream in 2022.
It will be a 750-bed hospital with a long-term focus on post-graduate and higher education and research. The hospital will have a capacity of 100 MBBS seats and 60 for BSc (Nursing).