Bangalore Bureau

The campaign by Janata Dal (S) leaders was aggressive

BANGALORE: Top leaders of all the three major political parties in the State literally came to the streets on Sunday to woo voters here, taking the poll campaign to a high pitch.

Sunday being the last holiday before the polling scheduled for May 10 in Bangalore, prominent leaders and the candidates undertook a whirlwind tour of the constituencies to meet the voters at their houses.

In fact, each party had several teams of leaders on the campaign trail. From the Congress, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president M. Mallikarjun Kharge and former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna campaigned in separate teams for the party candidates in different areas of the city.

It was mainly a roadshow by the Congress leaders. Almost all important leaders of the BJP were campaigning in Bangalore. This included party’s chief ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa, party general secretary H.N. Ananth Kumar and a host of MLCs and office-bearers.

BJP president Rajnath Singh too campaigned on the outskirts of Bangalore, like Devanahalli. The Janata Dal (Secular) too took up an aggressive campaign in the city with its leaders the former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda and H. D. Kumaraswamy themselves leading the campaign teams in different areas. While the VIPs had a field day, the police had a tough time providing security to them. Bangalore has become the focal point for politicians in the first phase of polling as this area accounts for 28 Assembly constituencies — largest number of constituencies located in any of the city corporations in the State.