PM Modi to undertake 37 km roadshow in Bengaluru, emulating Gujarat model for Karnataka polls
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to be emulating the Gujarat model in Karnataka, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to undertake a 37-kilometre-long roadshow, covering 17 crucial Bengaluru city assembly constituencies on May 7, 2023. This roadshow is expected to be one of the longest undertaken by a PM in an election-bound state outside of Gujarat. Modi had conducted a 50-km-long roadshow across 13 constituencies in Gujarat during the state's assembly polls in December 2022.
With just a week to go before the Karnataka Assembly polls on May 10, this
massive outreach by the PM is expected to give a boost to the BJP's prospects in the state. The party currently holds 15 seats in Bengaluru city, while the Congress has 12 and the Janata Dal (Secular) has one MLA. In a twist of fate, the 2018 assembly polls resulted in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clinching a total of 12 seats, while their arch-rivals, the Indian National Congress, managed to secure 14. Adding to the intrigue, the Janata Dal (Secular) party won 2 seats, making for a particularly tight and
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unpredictable election outcome. However, through Operation Kamala, the BJP managed to gain support from three city MLAs to form the government.
Bangalore South MP Tejasvi Surya believes that this massive roadshow will bring PM Modi closer to the people of Bengaluru city. Surya further said that the PM will cover 17 assembly seats in Bengaluru, which is expected to help the BJP win more than 20 seats in the city. Bengaluru comprises 28 assembly seats.
Senior BJP leader and Bangalore Central MP PC Mohan, who is working closely with the arrangements for this
massive roadshow, stated that this move by the party is aimed at providing the BJP with the slight nudge it needs to sweep the city seats, with Modi's rallies and connection with the people of Bengaluru.
Overall, the BJP's campaigning strategy in Karnataka seems to be centered around Modi's popularity and charisma. The upcoming roadshow is expected to energize the party's cadre and boost their morale ahead of the crucial polls. The BJP is hoping to retain power in the state by winning a majority of the 224 seats in the Assembly.