As Congress proceeds with its Bharat Jodo Yatra in Karnataka, the ruling BJP party will begin its Jana Sankalpa Yatra in at least 50 constituencies in the state where general elections will be held next year.
Karnataka Premier Basavaraj Bommai, along with the stalwart BJP BS Yediyurappa, will be in Raichur on Tuesday to inaugurate the yatra, which is seen as a counterpart to the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” that would last in the state until October 20 .
Bommai, Yediyurappa covers 50 constituencies of assembly during Jana Sankalpa Yatra
During the Jana Sankalpa Yatra, which will continue intermittently until December 25, Bommai and Yediyurappa will cover 50 gathering segments. According to a BJP official, Bommai will be on a whirlwind tour for the next three days starting Tuesday. He would reach Raichur in the afternoon to attend the yatra and also go to Kushtagi in Koppal, Hoovinahadagali and Hospet, the district capital of Vijayanagara, and Siriguppa in Ballari district.
BJP leader Nalin Kumar Kateel and BJP national secretary-general and Karnataka chief Arun Singh are touring different parts of the state and holding public meetings, according to the news agency PTI reported citing the BJP officer.
BJP leaders plan to cover 165 of the 224 assembly segments by the end of December.
Karnataka BJP Executive Meet Sounds Poll Horn for 2023 polls
Bommai and Yediyurappa will begin the yatra days after the BJP Karnataka State Executive meeting, which sounded the polling horn for the 2023 general election and set the target of around 150 seats for the party.
At the BJP meeting in Karnataka on Friday, a resolution was passed on the Bharat Jodo Yatra and how it was a “strange” event that had no impact on the people of the state. The resolution claimed it was Jawaharlal Nehru who divided Kashmir, and today the same Congress claims it is trying to ‘jodo’ (unify) India.
Bharat Jodo Yatra of the Congress in Karnataka until October 20th
On the other hand, the 3,570 km long Bharat Jodo Yatra, which started in Kanyakumari on September 8th, will traverse Karnataka until October 20th before entering Telangana. The yatra has traveled more than 600 km through the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.
According to Rahul Gandhi, the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” was the only option left to Congress to reach the masses since all other forums for expression are closed.
“There are different institutions in democracy. There is also the media and the parliament, but all of these have been closed to the opposition and the media are not listening to us. There is total state control. Our microphones are muted in Parliament, meetings are not allowed to function and the opposition is harassed. In this situation, we are left with “Bharat Jodo Yata,” he said.
In the 2018 general election in Karnataka, the BJP emerged as the largest single party with 104 seats, but failed to reach the magic number in the 224-strong assembly. Yediyurappa took his oath as prime minister but resigned without facing the confidence vote as the BJP did not have the numbers on their side.
Later, Janata Dal (secular) and Congress formed the government with HD Kumaraswamy as Prime Minister. Kumaraswamy’s tumultuous 14-month tenure in the state ended in July 2019 after several ruling coalition MPs resigned.
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