Amit Shah on two-day Karnataka tour from tomorrow, to visit Lingayat and Dalit mutts
BJP president Amit Shah will be touring Karnataka for two days from Monday during which he will visit mutts associated with the Lingayat and Dalit communities.
New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah will be touring Karnataka for two days from Monday during which he will visit mutts associated with the Lingayat and Dalit communities.
Besides visiting a number of mutts associated with various communities, including Lingayats and Dalits, Shah will also address farmers' and traders' meetings, take out a road show and attend party events in the poll-bound state, a BJP statement said.
Following the Siddaramaiah government's decision to accord minority religion status to Lingayats, who have mostly welcomed the move, Shah's visits to their holy places and meeting gurus is seen as part of his efforts to ensure that the community, the largest in the state, continues to back the BJP.
The Congress government's decision, political observers have said, is aimed at denting the vote bank of the BJP, which has declared BS Yeddyurappa its chief ministerial candidate.
Shah will go to Siddaganga mutt on Monday and seek the blessings of its seer, the statement said. He will on Tuesday visit Madara Chennaiah mutt, which has been traditionally associated with Dalits.
He will also visit the Bekkinkal, Sirgere and Muruga mutts among others during his visit to the state's central region. The BJP is making an all-out effort to unseat the Congress from the only big state where the grand old party is in power.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has also been frequenting the state and visited holy places linked to different religions and castes.
The yatra, which entered Kerala on 10 September, will go through the state covering 450 km, touching seven districts in 19 days before entering Karnataka on 1 October
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, Director IB, DGs of various central armed police forces, police and army officials were present in the meeting
Earlier in the day, Shah laid foundation stones for two hospitals -- a 750-bed hospital to be managed by a trust and another 150-bed hospital to be operated by the Employees' State Insurance Scheme, to be set up in Kalol