India: Karnataka: BJP to fly in its star campaigners, including Modi

  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will fly in some 40 “star campaigners” to poll-bound Karnataka including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a host of Union Ministers and senior leaders to campaign for the party’s success in the ensuing 12 May 18 assembly elections.
  • The visiting key campaigners were named in a letter written by the state unit BJP general secretary and party’s Lok Sabha lawmaker from Karnataka Shobha Karandlaje to the state Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar.
  • Besides Modi and BJP national President Amit Shah, Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj (External Affairs), Smriti Irani (Information and Broadcasting), Nirmala Sitharaman (Defence), Ravi Shankar Prasad (Law and Justice), Piyush Goyal (Railways) and party’s Lok Sabha MP and veteran actress Hema Malini will soon be in the southern state.
  • Modi is expected to visit each of the state’s four regions — coastal, north, central and south — besides Bengaluru and Mysuru, addressing two-to-three rallies a day till 10 May 18.
  • The exact dates of the BJP leaders’ visits to the state were yet to be finalised, the spokesperson added.
  • The party’s chief ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa, Union Ministers from the state Ananth Kumar (Chemicals and Fertilisers), Prakash Javadekar (Human Resource Development) and Anantkumar Hegde (Skill Development) will also be taking part in the campaigning activities.
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath has visited the state at least four times so far, to address rallies in Hubballi, Bengaluru, Davanagere and Mangaluru.
  • Polling will be held in a single phase on 12 May 18 for 224 assembly seats, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes. Votes will be counted on 15 May 18.
  • 24 Apr 18 is the last date for filing nominations. Scrutiny will be done on 25 Apr 18 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is 27 Apr 18.

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