BJP President Amit Shah starts his visit to poll-bound Karnataka on Monday during which he will visit mutts associated with the Lingayat and Dalit communities.
The visit of Shah comes after 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 Lingayat community, the largest in the state, continues to back the BJP.
In the two-day tour, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief will also address farmers’ and traders’ meetings, take out a road show and attend party events in the state’s central region.
Before visiting the state, the party chief said that he is “looking forward to being in Central Karnataka” and “interact with people of Tumakuru, Shivamogga, Davanagere and Chitradurga districts.”
The Karanataka BJP welcomed the party president and shared his itinerary for the day one. Shah will kick-start his tour with a visit to Siddaganga mutt. After seeking the blessings of its seer, he will visit Coconut Growers Convention, Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Memorial and Arecanut Growers Convention.
Finishing off with it, Shah will take out a road show in Shivamogga at 4:30 pm.
At 6 in the evening, Shah will interact with trade and business community Kuvempur Ranga Mandir in Shivamogga.
Shah will end the first day of the tour with visiting Bekkinkal mutt.
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