BENGALURU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin campaigning for BJP from April last week. He is expected to address 16 rallies across the state starting April 29, according to party sources. Party’s national president Amit Shah will boost the poll campaign in Bengaluru from Wednesday.
Banking heavily on the Modi wave, the state BJP hopes to woo its core voters as well as fence-sitters with back-to-back rallies of Modi. While the PM addressed 34 rallies in Gujarat — touted as an aggressive campaign — he is expected to address about 16 public rallies till May 10.
“There have been many demands for Modi rallies from party candidates,” said Muralidhar Rao, national general secretary of BJP and Karnataka in-charge. BJP leaders believe that a slew of Modi rallies before the elections is enough to mobilise voters who are already being engaged by door-to-door campaigners and volunteers.
At a time when Congress president Rahul Gandhi has practically covered 27 out of 30 districts with multiple rallies, his BJP counterpart will set the tone for its campaign from Bengaluru with a two-day visit. Shah’s visit comes after the state BJP’s poll programmes like Janasamparka yatra, a Dalit outreach programme, Parivarthana yatra, a statewide tour led by B S Yeddyurappa.