Famed for his “mitti mein mila denge” slogan, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will start his first election campaign in Karnataka on Wednesday.
CM Yogi’s controversial statement of 10 years in jail if convert to other religions, but ghar whapsi to Hinduism is permitted must be appealing to diehard Hindus but works against the Constitution.
Till yesterday, the BJP leaders have been campaigning in those constituencies where it is strong, but CM Yogi has been given a big task to boost the electoral prospects of the party in the Old Mysuru Region.
Karnataka is crucial for the BJP to gain an absolute majority, but as of now, the party has not yet made inroads into the region. But this election, the party appears to be upbeat about springing some surprises in the region, considering its solid performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha election in the region.
CM Yogi is expected to reach Mysuru airport at 10.30 am and head towards Mandya where he is scheduled to hold an election rally in favor of the BJP candidate Ashok Jayaram.
After the Mandya rally, CM Yogi will visit the Basaveshwara temple at Basavanbagewadi in Vijayapura district, and address an election rally there at 3 pm.
Before his visit to Karnataka, the Basavaraj Bommai government was demanding CM Yogi to campaign for the party in the upcoming assembly elections. The demand for Yogi as BJP campaigner for Karnataka elections went up after the police encounter of Asad Ahmed, son of gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed.
Glimpses of his stubborn attitude towards gangsters and criminals could be reflected in his speeches during campaigns in the state, which the BJP feels will have an indelible impact on voters.
The election of 224 seats of the Karnataka Assembly will be held in a single phase on 10 May. The results will be declared on 13 May. BJP, Congress, and JDS are the three main players in the Karnataka polls 2023. In the 2018 assembly polls, Karnataka threw up a fractured mandate with BJP emerging as the single largest party with the win of 104 seats, Congress bagged 87 seats, while the JDS secured victory on 30.