Karnataka polls: Modi set for 36-km roadshow in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead a mother-of-all road show in Bengaluru on May 6 for eight hours covering a distance of 36.6 km from east to west and from north to south of the metropolis. The BJP has named the event as Namma Karnataka Yatre and said people from all over the state will participate.

Bengaluru has 28 constituencies, and the PM will cover 18 constituencies by road with a break in between. Modi had done a 5-km road show last week across three constituencies.

A handsome win in Bengaluru is critical for the ruling party to form the government in the 224-member assembly, and this is probably why the BJP has decided to go for a mammoth roadshow rather than public rallies.

The BJP is pulling out all stops to return to power in Karnataka as it is the only southern state the party is in power and has won 25 of 28 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general election.

The Congress, despite facing anti-incumbency, gave a tough fight to the BJP in the 2018 assembly polls, winning 15 seats. The BJP had won 11 seats while the JDS got two seats.

The PM will use the occasion to thank the people of Bengaluru for reposing faith in him for the last nine years, MoS (MeitY) Rajeev Chandrashekar, BJP MP PC Mohan and BJP national yuva morcha president Tejasvi Surya told a media conference. About one million people were expected to witness the rally as it goes through several roads in the city, they added.

The road show is part of the last leg of the three-day election campaign by the PM beginning Friday. He will address public rallies at Ballari and Tumakuru on Friday and at Badami, Haveri, Shivamogga Rural and Nanjangud on Sunday. He will wrap up his campaign tour Sunday evening with a visit and pooja at the famous temple of Srikanteshwara at Nanjangud.

Congress Chief’s son gets poll body notice for remarks against PM

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge’s son Priyank Kharge has been issued a show cause notice by the Election Commission for his comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  Calling his remarks “abusive” and prima facie, a violation of the Model Code of Conduct, the Commission said  without any response from his side, it will take appropriate action.

Addressing a poll gathering in Karnataka last week, Priyank  Kharge had quoted from a speech of the Prime Minister.”When you (PM Modi) came to Gulbarga (Kalaburagi) what did you tell the people of Banjara community? ‘Do not be afraid. A son of the Banjaras is sitting in Delhi. But if an inept son is sitting in Delhi, how can you run the family?” he had said.

The BJP had filed a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging a “smear campaign” against PM Modi. The Congress has claimed that the comment was not made against the Prime Minister.

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