With elec­tions round the cor­ner, it is ya­tra time in Kar­nataka

Par­ties of all hues hit the high­ways to woo vot­ers

The Hindu Business Line - - POLITICS - ANIL URS

There’s is no im­mi­nent an­nounce­ment of poll dates, but po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Kar­nataka have got­ten into cam­paign mode for the 2018 As­sem­bly elec­tions.

The BJP, the main op­po­si­tion party in the State, was the first off the block, launch­ing a ‘pre-elec­tion cam­paign’ here with its Pari­varthana Ya­tra on Novem­ber 2.

The 75-day ya­tra, spear­headed by the party’s State unit pres­i­dent BS Yed­dyu­rappa, was flagged off by BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah. It will touch all the 224 As­sem­bly con­stituen­cies, with pub­lic ral­lies en route.

Not to be out­done, Janata Join­ing the ya­tra brigade, ac­tivists mark pot­holes at Bengaluru’s Cub­bon Park as part of ‘Pot­hole Ya­tra’

Dal Sec­u­lar (JDS), an­other op­po­si­tion party, has launched a Ku­mara­parva Ya­tra, led by the party’s State pres­i­dent HD Ku­maraswamy. The ya­tra started at Chamundesh­wari con­stituency in My­suru dis­trict, with Ku­maraswamy opt­ing for vil­lage stays where pos­si­ble. This is seen to have helped him gain trac­tion in areas where his party has no base.

The rul­ing Congress is gear­ing up for polls as well, with its ‘Mane Ma­nege Congress’. The ini­tia­tive, led by KC Venu­gopal, AICC gen­eral sec­re­tary in charge of Kar­nataka, aims to en­er­gise the party’s booth-level com­mit­tees and high­light the achieve­ments of the State gov­ern­ment.

Chief Min­is­ter Sid­dara­ma­iah is rolling up his sleeves as well, em­bark­ing on a month-long tour of the State from De­cem­ber 13. He is ex­pected to launch var­i­ous projects and schemes in all the 30 dis­tricts.

The Op­po­si­tion is riled by the CM’s move, ac­cus­ing him of us­ing the State ex­che­quer to spon­sor his po­lit­i­cal tour.

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