Campaigning has hit a high pitch in the State even before the announcement of the dates for the Lok Sabha elections.
While All India Congress Committee vice-president Rahul Gandhi wound up his two-day visit to Bangalore, Tumkur, Mysore and other districts, the BJP’s star campaigners will be descending on Karnataka over the next 10 days.
The party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is coming on Tuesday and will address two big rallies at Davangere and Mangalore on the same day.
Modi, whose massive rally in Bangalore last November, had drawn a huge response, will return to the State again on February 28 to address two more rallies at Hubli and Gulbarga.
These will be Modi’s first events in Karnataka after former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa returned to the party and are expected to see a huge turnout as a show of strength from Yeddyurappa.
Focus on OBCs
The party has drawn up a separate strategy to woo backward communities in the State.
This is set to take off with a mega ‘Swabhimana Rally’ of OBCs on February 23 in Tumkur and would be addressed by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivrajsingh Chauhan.
The rally is being seen as BJP’s reply to Congress’s recent OBC rallies in Chitradurga and Nelamangala. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had then lambasted the BJP as a party that never cared for the welfare of backward castes.
Sinha to Target Intellectuals
BJP president Rajnath Singh and former union minister Yashwant Sinha are scheduled to hit the campaign trail in contrasting ways on February 26.
While Rajnath is scheduled to address a series of public rallies at Chikballapur and Shimoga, Sinha has been tasked with wooing the intellectual segments of society.
An interactive session with economists, academicians, doctors, lawyers, urban planners and other professionals is being organised in Bangalore on February 26 where Sinha will discuss the failures of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and the present economic challenges.
He will seek suggestions from the intelligentsia to formulate an economic agenda for the BJP ahead of the elections.
This will be presented before the voters, explained a senior BJP leader to Express.