BJP plans huge show of strength as Amit Shah set to launch yatra today

Last Updated 18 January 2018, 18:30 IST

BJP National President Amit Shah will launch the party's 75-day Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivarthana Yatra in Bengaluru on Thursday.

The BJP is planning to make it the biggest ever yatra launch in poll-bound Karnataka. As many as two lakh BJP workers on one lakh bikes from each and every polling booth in 16 disticts of southern Karnataka will arrive at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) grounds, off Tumakuru Road, the venue of the launch. Besides, another one lakh workers will be present at the venue during the launch as part of show of strength of the party.

Former Deputy Chief Minister R Ashoka, who has been appointed as one of the convenors of the yatra, said Shah will land at the HAL airport at 11.30 am and take the helicopter route to land directly at the venue. This has been done to prevent any traffic snarls.

Two drones will be deployed to monitor the crowd and also film the event, Ashoka said. The main aim of the yatra is to "expose the misdeeds" of the Congress government.

Ashoka said the party has planned the participation of several leaders including Union ministers at various places as the yatra criss-crosses all the 224 Assembly constituencies. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to launch the second leg of the yatra for north Karnataka districts at Hubballi on December 21.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the yatra on its concluding day in Bengaluru on January 28.

Ratha readied

Final touches are being given for a specially designed ratha that will be the lead vehicle during the yatra. Built at a cost of Rs one crore, the ratha was to be unveiled before the media at the BJP office in Malleswaram, but the event could not be held as the vehicle developed some technical glitches. However, BJP functionaries said the vehicle will arrive at the launch venue on Thursday. The Congress MLA from Channapatna C P Yogeeshwara and Kuduchi MLA P Rajeev of the BSR Congress will join the BJP in the presence of Shah on Thursday, Ashoka added.  

(Published 18 January 2018, 13:42 IST)

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