BENGALURU: After a Scheduled Tribes (ST) rally on October 21 in Raichur, the BJP will hold a massive rally here on Sunday to woo voters from Other Backward Classes (OBC).
BJP president Amit Shah, former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and other senior party leaders will address the rally at Palace Grounds in the morning. BJP leaders estimate that nearly two lakh people from many districts in the state will attend the rally.
After he took over as the state president, Yeddyurappa has been touring different parts of the state to strengthen the party base ahead of the 2018 assembly elections. Sunday’s rally is seen as an attempt to woo OBC voters, who had backed Siddaramaiah in the 2013 elections.
Speaking to reporters at Palace Grounds, Yeddyurappa said the only aim of the rally was to unite all OBCs. He said the BJP government in the state had implemented many programmes for OBCs, but the Congress that came to power with the help of OBCs had not done anything for them.
OBCs constitute a major chunk of voters in the state. During the rally, BJP leaders will demonstrate to OBCs the importance and seriousness with which the party is approaching and seeking their support.
Members of BJP Yuva Morcha will take out a bike rally from Freedom Park to Palace Grounds on Sunday morning. BJP workers on around 5,000 two-wheelers will take part in the rally.
Traffic on Bellary Road is likely to be hit on Sunday as BJP workers from across the state will be coming to the rally in buses and other private vehicles. City Traffic police have made some diversions to ensure smooth flow of traffic. Parking arrangements have also been made at Palace Grounds.