BJP State unit wants him to address three to four rallies

Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is likely to visit to the State in February to address the party’s rallies at different places.

BJP sources said the party State unit has requested him to visit Karnataka to address the three or four rallies as part of the preparations for the Lok Sabha polls. The exact dates of his visit are to be finalised. “We want him to address rallies at different places, including Hubli and Mysore, or Mangalore,” sources said. Venues of the rallies would be finalised in consultation with him.

After the party declared him as its prime ministerial candidate, Mr. Modi had visited the State for the first time in November for a rally in Bangalore. The party wants to make the maximum out of his next visit to galvanise it’s cadre, especially in the wake of the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa returning to its fold.

Sources said the party is to build a tempo for Mr. Modi’s visit by making its top leaders, including Mr. Yeddyurappa, tour 16 districts in different teams. The party is also in the process of organising a convention of people from backward classes and SC/ST communities in the last week of February in Chitradurga. It wants to invite its leader and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to the event, which is being held to woo these communities ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

Mr. Yeddyurappa is reportedly not sure whether to contest from Shimoga, though party leaders feel he is the best bet for them than his son, B.Y. Raghavendra, who is at present representing the seat. Meanwhile, a team of 459 members from the State are participating in various meetings of the national unit to be held from January 16 to 19.