Modi's Karnataka visit to give state BJP a pre-election boost

By Narendra Puppala

Bengaluru, Jun 19 (IANS): With state Assembly elections due in less than a year from now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to Karnataka is being seen as a crucial component of the BJP's offensive to retain the key South Indian state.

Coming ahead of the general election in 2024, the Assembly polls next year are crucial for the BJP in Karnataka which sends 28 MPs to the Lok Sabha.

Karnataka is the only south Indian state where the party is a major player against the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular).

While the highlight of the Prime Minister's two-day visit is his participation in the International Yoga Day celebrations at Mysuru on Tuesday, on Monday he has a power-packed itinerary in the capital city Bengaluru.

During his whirlwind tour of the city when he lands here on Monday, the Prime Minister is scheduled to inaugurate several high profile projects, including the Centre for Brain Research at the Indian Institute of Science and the Bengaluru Suburban Railway project.

Modi's tour at this juncture comes as a shot in the arm for the BJP government in Karnataka headed by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Over the past few months Karnataka under the BJP has witnessed growing communal polarisation. Fuelled by issues such as hijab, halal, love jihad, and masjid-mandir controversies, the state has had Hindi hardliners targeting the Muslim community on several counts. At the same time, the state government has been facing flak over attempts to rewrite school textbooks apart from the dismal state of roads and infrastructure in Bengaluru.

Ahead of the Assembly elections early next year, the BJP in Karnataka has to contend with former strongman Yediyurappa, who has been sulking after being replaced and sidelined. The party has to work extra hard to retain its Lingayat vote base, which solidly supported Yediyurappa. Although Bommai is also from the Lingayat community, the Modi endorsement will come in handy for the chief minister.

At another level, the Prime Minister's engagements in Bengaluru-Mysuru spread over two days are being seen as part of the BJP's outreach to the Vokkaligas, who dominate the region. They are traditionally known to support the Janata Dal (S) led by Deve Gowda, who also belongs to the community. The BJP has been unable to dominate the Old Mysore region for long and the recent support to saffron initiatives like the anti-hijab and love jihad narratives have gained traction in the region.

"The Prime Minister's visit to Karnataka for two days will establish the priority that he is giving to Karnataka. The development agenda and his participation in the Yoga Day celebrations in Mysuru will be received positively by the people of Karnataka," a senior party leader said on the condition of anonymity.

Karnataka has long been considered a gateway to the south for the BJP, and the party is leaving no stone unturned to return this key state in the Assembly elections next year, which will be a kind of semi-finals ahead of the general election in 2024.



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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 20 2022

    LATE MRS INDIRA GANDHI -- -- FORMER PM -- lost her case for election malpractices against RAJ NARAIN -- She was disqualified etc -- ( Emergency is a different story --)-- But most important point ---- verdict given was -- for using Jeeps -- campaign after 6 pm --misuse of ONE STATE OFFICIAL -- Such was the Court and other institutional integrity -- AN EXTRACT OF THE COURT OBSERVATIONS - One of the most crucial findings against Gandhi was that her election agent Yashpal Kapur, the District Magistrate of Rae Bareli, the Superintendent of Police of Rae Bareli and the Home Secretary of Uttar Pradesh government arranged for rostrums, loudspeakers and barricades to be set up and for members of the police force to be posted in connection with her election tour on February 1 and February 25, 1971. This, the High Court held, amounts to a corrupt practice under Section 123(7) of the Representation of the People Act.

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  • Hussain, Abu Dhabi

    Mon, Jun 20 2022

    Mr. Teleprompter urged SL to give power contract to his close friend Mr. A... Rafale we know to whom the contract was given...... What action did 56" take on 40% allegation??? NA KHAUNGA NA KHANE DUNGA WAS MERE A JUMLA.... JOKE IS ON YOU PEOPLE !! HE IS TAKING YOU ON RIDE AND ENSURE HIS CLOSE FRIENDS A & A ARE THE TOP BILLIONAIRES IN THE WORLD ...Already one of the A has bought a mansion in England.... he knows he wont manage much after Mr. Fakir is ousted !!

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  • Alwin, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jun 20 2022

    It's precautionary dose

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  • Alwyn, Kudla

    Sun, Jun 19 2022

    Koti koti namaskar. Yoga and all stuff really really makes him showcase his reality of life. Greatest man. Do until people believe you. Soon this may change like Yeddi.

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  • Anand A, Mangaluru

    Sun, Jun 19 2022

    Main agenda is winning elections? May be reassure 15 lakhs, and we would truthfully clap for all lies. Recently Nalinanna said for farmers Modiji is god. Better keep some milk, oil and ghee. No offering of diesel or petrol possible as price is too high.

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  • George, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 19 2022

    Wish him a grand success, with an electoral success of WINNING 225 if not 555 MLA'S in the coming elections.

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  • Michael, Brahmavar

    Sun, Jun 19 2022

    Oh my God, best of luck.

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  • S.F.H, Indian

    Sun, Jun 19 2022

    Do people still believe in him ?

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 19 2022

    boost is 10+40%= 50% Loot

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 19 2022

    What has he for ordinary people of Karnataka except empty unfulfilling promises and his theatrics with costumes and fake dialogues in monologues. Only beneficiaries are fringe elements.

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 19 2022

    24x 7 .. 365 days elections and propaganda .. Self aggrandisement.. Let people starve .. jobless all ok

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sun, Jun 19 2022

    Lord Sriram and many other ramayana personalities used for votes... now even yoga used for elections...

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 19 2022

    Whether he comes here or anywhere people are facing high inflation & high fuel rates, unemployment & GDP downgrade never felt in 45 years. People other than staunch supporters of party are never interested in propaganda & waste of public money as well as high security making their life difficult for these 2 days which will count. Laying foundations in every election going state is only an event which gets forgotten once elections are over.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Sun, Jun 19 2022

    BJP Leader Promises Guard's Job To 'Agniveers ones 4 years competed.

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