Hubbali, May 8 (BPNS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi camping in Karnataka and addressing a gathering in Haveri has uplifted the spirit of the party cadres in North Karnataka. Coupled with this the organizational machinery of the BJP is functioning tirelessly and has almost completed four rounds of door-to-door campaigning.
In Hubbali, the BJP candidate Mahesh Tenginakyi, party state general secretary and the blue-eyed boy of B.L. Santosh have been tirelessly working to defeat the Congress candidate, Jagadish Shettar whose exit from the BJP has become national news.
While Shettar has the support of the local public on his goodwill being a six-term MLA and a former Chief Minister, the Hubbali seat is a stronghold of the BJP and RSS. The arrival of the Prime Minister in the adjacent district of Haveri where he dwelled on the development measures undertaken by his government and a’ double-engine’ government in the state seems to have struck a chord with the voters.
M.R. Krishan Tulangi, a farmer in Hubbali while speaking to BPNS said, “The Prime Minister has said that the government of India is purchasing urea at a cost of Rs 50 per kg and distributing to farmers at Rs 5 per kg. This is a very important gesture on the part of the BJP government towards the farmers. This time I will vote for the BJP even though Jagadish Shettar is a good person and a winnable candidate.”
In Gadag also there is a support for the BJP candidates and most of those whom this correspondent spoke said that even though the Karnataka BJP is not upto the mark and corruption allegations are there, the Prime Minister was doing a good work for the country and that to support him they have to vote for the BJP.
Basavaraj Pujar, a driver in Gadag while speaking to BPNS said, “The Prime Minister in his speech at Haveri has said that our country is presently the fifth largest economy in the world and will soon become the third largest economy. This led to a self pride engulfing me and I have decided to vote for the BJP.”
In Belagavi, however, the presence of Maharasthra Ekikaran Samithi (MES), which stands for the merger of border districts of Karnataka with Maharashtra, is likely to play spoilsport to the prospects of the BJP in four seats.
In addition to the Prime Minister’s road show and public programme, the presence of grass root RSS cadres is helping the BJP conduct door to door surveys, which Congress is lacking.
Another factor which came to light is the presence of a large number of youths for the BJP in campaigning while Congress have middle aged people in its campaign team.
With only two days left for the elections and with open campaigning ending today, the BJP and Congress are in an all out move to garner maximum votes.