Amit Shah to visit Karnataka twice in next 5  days to campaign

By Swarnali Saha
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah has lined up fresh visits to poll-bound Karnataka in a bid to a give a further boost to the party's campaign efforts in the southern state.

According to sources, Shah will visit Karnataka twice in the next five days. The state, which in Shah's own words is the BJP's gateway to the south, will go to polls later this year.

"He will visit the state on March 24 and 26, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state," a source said.

During his visit, Shah will unveil three statues, including that of Kempegowda (founder of Bengaluru) and Basaveshwara (Lingayat social reformer), in front of the Vidhana Soudha, the state Assembly on March 24.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai in Hubballi confirmed that Shah will be visiting the poll-bound state on March 24 and 26 while PM Modi will come calling on March 25.

The PM and the Home minister will grace a raft of events across the state.

After sounding the poll bugle in the state where the BJP currently holds the reins of power, the saffron party has been trying to reach out to various communities by installing statues of famous personalities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Karnataka on March 25 to inaugurate Whitefield Metro Line and to attend BJP's event in Davanagere.

The visit of Amit Shah is significant amid the party's push to return to power im the key southern sate.

On March 12, Shah was on a visit to Kerala, in what was widely seen and interpreted as the launch of the party's campaign for next year's Lok Sabha elections in the south.

Shah had unleashed a stinging atttack on the CPI(M) and the Congress, which have long alternated at the hustings in the southern state, saying the former has been rejected across the world while the latter was losing relevance in the country.

In a barb at the two parties for fighting the recent Tripura Assembly elections in alliance, the Union Home minister said while the CPI(M) and the Congress don't see eye to eye in Kerala, they came together in the Northeast state for the sake of "their existence".

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