BJP MPs say Modi will visit the state at least once a month, while an AAP spokesman said Kejriwal will visit twice a month. Congress also held several high-profile events which, despite many shadows within the party during the event, will begin with the mega bash in Davanagere to celebrate the 75th birthday of former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
If Rahul Gandhi attends, it will not send a strong political message, but will also sound the trumpet for the battle of the polls. BJP officials said that Modi, after the monsoon session of Parliament, will focus on Gujarat and Karnataka, where polls are imminent. The prime minister is expected to visit Bengaluru on July 28 to launch several government programs. At a similar event last month, he inaugurated a slew of projects and laid the foundation stones for a handful, including the commuter rail service in Bangalore.
In mid-August, he is likely to travel to rural areas, especially pockets of South Karnataka and Kalyana Karnataka and address public gatherings. “As our campaign is going well under the leadership of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Modi’s magnetic presence will boost morale,” MP Uday Garudachar said. “We have asked the party leadership to ensure that more rallies are led by him and they have responded positively.”
Bhaskar Rao, deputy state chairman of the AAP, said his party was setting up stall committees of five members for each of Karnataka’s 58,000 stalls, and Kejriwal will address three massive worker conventions at stands in three different regions by the end of September. “After that, he will visit Karnataka twice a month,” Rao said. At a public rally in Bengaluru in May, Kejriwal called on voters to “reject the 40% government” (referring to corruption charges against the BJP government) and replace it with an AAP government.
Similar fireworks are expected in his upcoming campaigns. Not to be outdone, JD(S) plans to extend its Janata Mitra program, recently launched in Bengaluru, to the rest of Karnataka. Party leader and former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy will lead the campaign.