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‘Modi to campaign in five districts of Karnataka’

Narendra Modi will campaign in five districts in Karnataka ahead of Assembly elections there,Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said Saturday amid speculation on the extent of the Gujarat Chief Minister’s role in the canvassing.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Bangalore | Published: April 7, 2013 3:51:55 am

Narendra Modi will campaign in five districts in Karnataka ahead of Assembly elections there,Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said Saturday 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 BJP’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 a serious challenge in its attempt to return to power.

The Gujarat Chief Minister had skipped the BJP’s Central Election Committee meeting yesterday that finalised 140 candidates for the Karnataka polls,but party leaders had sought to play it down saying 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.

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