Bengaluru, April 28: Of late, Karnataka has become the favourite "tourist" destination for all the who's who of Indian politics. As the elections are just two weeks away, the poll-bound state is bracing up to welcome some of the biggest names from the firmament of Indian politics in the coming days.
If Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the biggest star campaigner of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is all set to start his whirlpool campaign in Karnataka from May 1, others like Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has already paid their visit to the state recently.
When we are talking about star political campaigners from the north in the southern state, we can't afford to miss mentioning the names of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his BJP counterpart Amit Shah, who has almost made Karnataka their second home.
Now, reports say that Bihar chief minister and chief of Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) Nitish Kumar too will visit Karnataka on May 6. He will be campaigning for his party which is contesting 34 seats in the upcoming state elections. The elections to the 224-member Karnataka Assembly will take place on May 12. The results of the high-stake elections will be out on May 15.
"Bihar CM will address an election rally on May 6 in Channagiri assembly constituency from where Karnataka state unit president Mahima J Patel is contesting," stated a report by The Times of India. On April 11, Kumar was in Karnataka to launch his party's campaign in the state.
When asked if Kumar will be campaigning against the BJP, the party with which the JD(U) is running a coalition government in Bihar, JD(U)'s national general secretary and in-charge for Delhi and Karnataka states Sanjay Jha told The Times of India, "We had earlier contested against the BJP in Gujarat and Nagaland assembly elections."
On Friday, Rahul released the Congress' election manifesto in Mangaluru. The manifesto made several big promises to the people of Karnataka. As per the manifesto, if the party once again comes to power in Karnataka, then it will create 15 to 20 lakh jobs a year, set up 50-bed Ayush hospitals, free the state from malnutrition, create 65 lakh tourism jobs and spend 125 thousand crore rupees on irrigation, to name a few. The opposition BJP is yet to release its manifesto.