With just days to go for the Karnataka polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday will enter the battleground. The Prime Minister will hold three rallies in the poll-bound state on Day 1 of his campaign trail. He will hold rallies in Chamarajanagar at 10:30 AM, Udupi at 2:30 PM and Belagavi at 5 PM.
Sources have told that Prime Minister is expected to address at least 15 rallies in the next 8 days. After his first rally in Chamarajanagar on Tuesday, PM Modi would then visit Krishna Mutt in Udupi and seek blessings of the Pejawar Seer.
Polling for the 224-member Assembly will be held on May 12, and results will be declared on May 15.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making all-out efforts to oust the Siddaramaiah dispensation from power in Karnataka, the only big state the Congress governs. Opinion polls have so far forecasted a close fight between the two parties and BJP believes that Modi's whirlwind campaign in the final days before the polls can tilt the scale in its favour.
The party's president Amit Shah has been frequenting the state for months, holding rallies, meeting religious heads, addressing community events and toning up organisational machinery in the run-up to the election. The party had earlier announced BS Yeddyurappa to be its chief ministerial candidate.
Earlier on Monday, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to land in Karnataka for campaigning, state's Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had posed series of questions to him. In a series of tweets, Siddaramaiah questioned Prime Minister Modi over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) giving tickets to 'tainted' mining baron G Janardhan Reddy's brothers and associates, declaring Yeddyurappa its chief ministerial candidate, and rape issue.
Dear @narendramodi ಅವರೇ,— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) April 30, 2018
Heard you are visiting Namma Karnataka tomorrow. We welcome you to our state.
While you are here, we Kannadigas would like you to address the following concerns.
ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು #AnswerMaadiModi ಅವರೇ
Would G Janardhan Reddy be joining your rallies here? You have given his family & friends 8 tickets, hoping it will help BJP in 10-15 seats.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) April 30, 2018
And then, you lecture us on corruption.
Please end this hypocrisy. Kannadigas aren’t wearing Kamala on their ears.
You first make scam tainted @BSYBJP your party’s CM face in Karnataka. Then media reports that you don’t want to be seen sharing the stage with him at rallies!— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) April 30, 2018
Karnataka wants to know if Yeddyurappa is still your CM candidate?
First, you promised 15L to ppl, then Shah called it an election Jumla. You promised jobs, but then advised youth to sell pakodas. You said demonetisation would end black money, but it only brought misery to common ppl.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) April 30, 2018
And then you come here and call real development a lollipop?
Your mantra = Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas but your govt has forsaken the poor. Banks write off 2.71L Cr corp loans, but farmers get only speeches. MSP for farmers not increased, but they get promise of doubling income by 2022.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) April 30, 2018
Are you serious abt farmers’ concerns? #AnswerMaadiModi
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