Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and BJP strongman BS Yediyurappa will kick-start the party’s electoral tour of Raichur state on Tuesday ahead of next year’s general election. The duo is scheduled to cover 52 assembly segments through December 25 as part of the Jana Sankalpa Yatra.
The ruling party’s journey begins at the time when Bharat Jodo Yatra of Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, traverses the state. “The intention of the Jana Sankalpa Yatra is to inform about the programs, work and policies of the BJP state and center government, and also to send a message to the BJP officials and workers to look forward to the elections of determination to bring the BJP back to power in the state,” Bommai said.
Speaking to reporters here before leaving for Raichur, he said: “There is enthusiasm everywhere. Through the Jana Sankalpa Yatra, we hope to win the trust of the people and be victorious in the 2023 general election.”
According to the Chief Minister, during the tour he will interact with beneficiaries of various programs and visit specific locations as planned by local party officials. In response to a question, Bommai said he and his party were not concerned about Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra and said the march had no impact.
“The world knows they are ‘jodoing’ (uniting) whom and ‘thodoing’ (dividing) whom. It has no meaning. We don’t worry, we do our sankalpa (resolution) yatra to win the election by informing the people about our programs. There is no connection with it (BJP’s tour with congress yatra),” he added. By the way, BJP’s tour starts in the gathering segment of Raichur Rural, an ST reserve seat that has a large presence of the Valmiki community.
Last week, the state government decided to increase the reservation rate for SCs from 15 percent to 17 percent and for STs from 3 percent to 7 percent. ‘Valmiki Gurupeetha’ Seer Prasannananda Swami is on hunger strike demanding increase of ST rate. Bommai and Yediyurappa will mainly be touring in the Kalyana Karnataka region.
Of the 52 seats they will tour, 20 constituencies are currently represented by congressional MLAs and four by JD(S). In addition, BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel will visit Haveri, Gadag and Hubli-Dharwad in the next three days.
The party also has seven rallies planned by – SC Morcha in Mysuru on October 16th, OBC Morcha in Kalaburagi on October 30th, Raitha (Farmer) Morcha in Hubballi on November 13th, Yuva (Youth) Morcha in Shivamogga on November 27th , ST Morcha in Ballari on November 27th, Mahila (Women) Morcha in Bengaluru on December 25th and Minority Morcha in Vijayapura on January 8th before the elections.
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