Narendra Modi will campaign in five districts for Karnataka assembly elections,Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said today amid speculation on the extent of the Gujarat Chief Minister’s role in the canvassing.
“The party will utilise Modi’s services” Shettar told reporters after the party’s foundation day celebrations here. Modi will campaign in five districts,the Chief Minister said without elaborating. There are 30 districts in the state. There has been speculation that Modi may not like to involve himself deeply in the May 5 assembly polls in Karnataka where the BJP is facing an uphill task in retaining its turf.
The Gujarat Chief Minister had skipped the BJP’s Central Election Committee meeting yesterday that finalized 140 candidates for the Karnataka polls,but party leaders had sought to play it down,explaining he had prior engagements.
Campaigning in Karnataka is,however,not new for Modi who had canvassed for the party in assembly and Lok Sabha polls in 2008 and 2009 respectively. There has been a huge clamour for Modi’s campaign in Karnataka following his new status in the national politics.
Shettar said the party will release its second list of candidates either on April 9 or 10. BJP yesterday had announced candidates for 140 seats of the 225-member assembly that includes one nominated member.
The list includes names of Shettar,Deputy Chief Minister Ashoka and K S Eshwarappa from their home constituencies.
Asked whether the party would give tickets to three legislators who had been in jail in connection with corruption cases against them,Shettar said the party is scrutinizing their credentials.