News18 It is learned that the state unit of the BJP has requested Yogi Adityanath to make at least six visits to the poll-bound state for several rallies and roadshows. A BJP leader in Bengaluru said, “Many candidates want the UP CM’s rallies to be held in their constituencies, especially in coastal Karnataka, where Hindutva is a major issue.”
Adityanath, however, is likely to make about four trips to the state for about a dozen rallies and roadshows from the last week of April. Sources said Adityanath will also be busy with the two-phase urban local body elections to be held in Uttar Pradesh on May 4 and 11.
Sources further said that the Asad Ahmed encounter case could make Adityanath a big draw, where issues like the crackdown against the Popular Front of India (PFI) have been important in the coastal Karnataka region. Adityanath’s tough stance towards gangsters and criminals could find a place in his election speeches in Karnataka, which the BJP feels will resonate well.
Another BJP CM who can campaign extensively would be Himanta Biswa Sarma. OBC face Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will also hold rallies in Karnataka. Adityanath has emerged as a successful star campaigner for the BJP in other states and has been used extensively during elections in Gujarat, Tripura, Uttarakhand and southern states as well.
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