Rain forecast forces BJP to cancel Modi’s Chikkodi rally on July 29

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. File

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. File  

Rain forecast has poured cold water on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s plans of sounding the poll bugle in South India from Karnataka by inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a rally in Chikkodi of Belagavi district.

The BJP has cancelled the Prime Minister’s rally, which was scheduled for July 29.

The BJP had grand plans for the event, which was the only rally to be addressed by Mr. Modi for entire South India. As the target audience was farmers, he was expected to speak on his government’s schemes for agricultural sector, including the recent increase in minimum support prices. “We had no other option, but to call off the rally as there is a forecast of heavy rains in that region,” a senior BJP leader said.

Shah’s visit postponed

Meanwhile, BJP national president Amit Shah’s visit to Bengaluru on July 28 to review preparations for the Lok Sabha polls too has been put off. This was done as the Prime Minister’s rally had been scheduled the very next day, as per the earlier plans.

Though Mr. Modi’s rally has been cancelled, Mr. Shah’s visit still stands postponed because of the ongoing parliament session, sources in the BJP said. The visit now is likely within two weeks from the earlier schedule of July 28.

Mr. Shah’s visit is expected to provide clarity on whether Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly B.S. Yeddyurappa will continue to hold the post of party State president too. The BJP generally follows one-person-one-post norm, but now various leaders within the party have begun to speculate whether Mr. Yeddyurappa will continue to hold the top organisational post since the Lok Sabha polls are fast approaching.

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