Staff Correspondent

District-level leaders have been campaigning for the party until now

40 groups of workers have been set up They have gone around 35 wards in Bidar city

Bidar: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa kicked off the BJP campaign for the Northeast Graduates Constituency seat in the Legislative Council from Bidar on Wednesday.

He is the first senior State-level party leader to do so. This marks a shift in the party's style of campaigning. District-level leaders and MLAs have been campaigning for the BJP in all the five taluks until now.

But senior Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) leaders have been campaigning for their respective party candidates. The former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president M. Mallikarjun Kharge addressed rallies in Bidar on Sunday and sought votes for party candidate Suryakanth Koralli.

Education Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader Basavaraj Horatti,Agriculture Minister Bandeppa Kashempur and senior leader M.P. Prakash have toured parts of the Hyderabad Karnataka region seeking votes for party candidate Sangameshwar.

On Wednesday, Mr. Yediyurappa visited the Bar Association and promised the lawyers facilities including a rest room and a better approach road to the court. He also addressed party workers, and toured Gulbarga and Raichur districts. Other senior leaders would join the campaign in the next three days, BJP sources said.

"We make sure that at least one party worker meets a voter in his house and personally requests him to vote for the party. This method of interaction with the people is the one we learnt from the Sangh Parivar. It has worked well in the three elections that the late M.R. Tanga has won. A similar strategy is being used in constituencies across the State," they said.

"The BJP's strategy involves forming groups of party workers to interact with lawyers, doctors, teachers and engineers. "So far, we have formed over 40 groups of workers who have gone around the 35 wards in Bidar city. Party workers have also campaigned at the gram panchayat level in the district. Workers have also visited houses, schools and colleges, hospitals, banks and addressed meetings of housewives. Senior leaders are also touring the district, campaigning for our candidate Manohar Maski," said Basavaraj Patil Ashtur, who is in charge of BJP's campaign in Bidar.