Bengaluru, Nov 2: Bharatiya Jata Party’s tiol President Amit Shah on Thursday flagged off the party’s statewide 75-day rally in poll-bound Kartaka at a huge gathering of its leaders and cadres.
Shah, who had landed at the Hindustan Aeroutics Limited airport in the morning, was stranded in traffic for over an hour, after which he was flown in a chopper to the party workers’ gathering at Bengaluru Intertiol Exhibition Centre on the city’s outskirts.
Thousands of party cadres on two-wheelers going to the meeting caused traffic srls on several of the city’s arterial roads leading to the venue.
“We are conducting the rally till January-end, covering all the 224 Assembly segments to bring our party back to power in Kartaka,” an official of the party’s state unit told IANS here. Nearly one lakh party workers and supporters from across the state gathered in the city to take part in the bike rally from here. The Assembly elections are due in April-May, 2018.
The BJP came to power on its own for the first time in 2008 but lost to the Congress in the May 2013 Assembly election. Coming four days after Prime Minister rendra Modi’s visit to the state on October 29, the rally titled “va Kartaka Nirma Parivartha Yatra” will criss-cross the state in two phases.
Modi will address the rally on its last day here on January 28.
About three lakh cadres and supporters of the party will participate in the twin-phase rally on motor bikes and four-wheelers, with state unit president B.S. Yeddyurappa at the forefront onboard a customised special bus.
Yeddyurappa, who was Chief Minister from 2008 to 11, is also a lawmaker in the Lok Sabha from Shivamogga in the state’s Mald region.
“Besides party leaders in the state, several Union Ministers will participate in the rally and address the people on putting Kartaka back on development, as the Congress had failed to deliver on all fronts,” said the official. The party’s former Chief Minister in the state Jagadish Shettar, former Deputy Chief Ministers K. Eshwarappa, A.R. Ashok, former Minster and the party’s lawmaker in the Lok Sabha from Chikkamagaluru Shobha Karandlaje will also be part of the rally. (IANS)