Narendra Modi is understood to have sought reports on the impact his three public meetings at Bangalore, Mangalore and Belgaum during the election campaign for the assembly during April-May, as inputs into his plans for his impending visit to Karnataka.
The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate is reported to have used independent sources, rather than party units to make the analysis.
The sources he is depending on include Gujaratis living in Karnataka, particularly in the three cities he visited during the election campaign, and Kannadigas living in Gujarat.
“We have been told by our friends, who are Modi’s supporters in Ahmedabad, to collect statistics of BJP performance in Assembly elections in Bangalore, Mangalore and Belgaum districts,” said a leader of the Gujarati community in Hubli-Dharwad.
State BJP unit president Pralhad Joshi said he was not aware of Modi’s move, but said that the percentage of votes polled by the party in Bangalore, Mangalore and Belgaum districts was better compared to other districts.
Of the three areas where Modi campaigned, Bangalore City gave the BJP 12 out of 27 seats, Belgaum eight out of 18 and only in Dakshina Kannada district did the BJP perform the worst - one out of eight constituencies. When asked about Modi’s influence on voters, Joshi said one could not much as the Gujarat chief minister was present for 2-3 hours in all three cities.
“Results of assembly elections cannot be considered as indicator for Lok Sabha elections. However, as Indians, including Kannadigas, are slowly understanding about Modi, they will definitely bring him to power at the center,” he predicted.
With Sonia Gandhi virtually launching the Congress election campaign for the Lok Sabha in Karnataka with her public meeting in Mandya on Monday, the BJP state unit is gearing up to hold a mega meeting of Modi in Bangalore to impact voters. Joshi said the date for the Modi event would be finalised in 2-3 days.
“We will prepare a proposal for him to address people in Hubli-Dharwad, Gulbarga and other major cities in both North and South Karnataka regions,” he said. Another leader in state BJP added that venues for Modi’s programs would be chosen cautiously to preserve his image at national level.