CM Basavaraj Bommai to flag off Karnataka tour today | Bengaluru News
BENGALURU: CM Basavaraj Bommai and his predecessor BS Yediyurappa will launch a statewide tour titled ‘Janasankalpa Yatra’, from Raichur on Tuesday. Over the next three months, the duo will shuttle in a helicopter to various destinations on the tour.
In the first leg over the next three days, the two will help-hop in Raichur, Vijayanagar, Koppal, and Ballari districts and will address five public rallies. The first rally will be in Gillesuguru, Raichur district on Tuesday, followed by rallies in Hospet and Kushtagi on Wednesday, and Huvinahadagali and Siraguppa on Thursday. The second leg will begin on October 18 and cover Bidar, Kalaburagi, and Yadgir districts.
“In all, both leaders will tour around 110 assembly constituencies till mid-December with breaks in between,” said a senior BJP functionary.
The party has classified assembly seats into A, B, and C categories. While ‘A’ category segments are the ones which the party won more than once, ‘B’ category segments are those where the party lost the 2018 elections by a narrow margin. “The party has finalized the route of the tour based on internal survey reports,” said another party functionary.
During their tour, the duo will interact with beneficiaries of state and central government schemes and pourakarmikas. They will also visit the houses of people belonging to SC and ST communities. The party has also planned massive rallies of SCs in Mysuru and STs in Ballari to take political advantage of the government’s decision to increase reservations for these two communities by 2% and 4%, respectively.
The tour assumes significance as Yediyurappa is involving himself in party work for the first time after he became a member of the all-important BJP Parliamentary Board. Previously, the leadership in Delhi had not allowed him to tour the state despite his express desire to meet people. The brass was wary that if he went on solo tours, he would end up setting up another power center in the state.
However, now that Congress is gaining traction in Karnataka with back-to-back mass contact programs including the ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra and previously the Mekedatu Padayatra, the BJP high command was left with no choice but to capitalize on the Lingayat strongman’s popularity.
Two other teams — one headed by state BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel and the other by BJP national general secretary Arun Singh — will also tour the state. In all, functionaries plan to cover 150 assembly segments by the end of the year. Last week, Bommai had insisted that the party’s rallies are not a reaction to the Bharat Jodo Yatra but “had been planned long ago”.