Only PM Modi can give befitting reply to Pakistan

Shimoga: BJP President Amit Shah Saturday said Narendra Modi should be installed as the Prime Minister once again to secure the country and to give a “befitting” reply to terrorism and Pakistan. Creating a saffron surge, Shah held a massive roadshow at Bhadravathi in Shimoga, campaigning for party candidate B Y Raghavendra, son of Karnataka BJP President and former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

Raghavendra is pitted against former legislator Madhu Bangarappa of JD(S), who is the son of former Chief Minister S Bangarappa. “This election is not only about making Raghavendra Member of Parliament but to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister,” Shah said at the end of the road show.

“Why should we make Narendra Modi Prime Minister?, to secure the country, to give a befitting reply to terrorism and Pakistan. In order to give a befitting reply to Pakistan, people of Shimoga will have to press the ballot button adjacent to the Lotus symbol and Raghavendra’s name,” he said.

Noting that he too was facing election from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat on April 23, Shah said he had come to campaign for Raghavendra to ensure his victory. Hundreds of enthusiastic BJP workers cheered the BJP chief chanting “Modi, Modi” as the “Rath,” a modified vehicle, covered little more than one and a half kilometre distance with Raghavendra, among others, accompanying him.

Thousands of people had gathered all along with the route showering flower petals on Shah as the vehicle wound its way in a delirious atmosphere. The roadshow that began with party workers greeting Shah with a loud cheer in favour of BJP, lasted about 40 minutes.

Ahead of the “rath,” BJP supporters sporting saffron caps and holding cutouts, placards and party flags danced to the drum beats, as slogans of ‘Modi Modi’ rent the air. Raghavendra, who is a sitting MP from Shimoga had defeated Madhu Bangarappa, the joint candidate of ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in the by-polls held in November last year.

While Raghavendra is banking on Modi wave along with his father’s name and his work as MP, Madhu too is relying on his late father’s legacy, support of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition, and on Ediga community, to which he belongs to. Ediga community has a considerable presence in Shimoga.

Out of eight assembly segments in Shimoga, BJP had won 7 and Congress only one in Bhadravathi during the 2018 assembly polls. Madhu had lost to his own brother Kumar Bangarappa of BJP during 2018 assembly polls from Soraba constituency.

Raghavendra’s father and Leader of Opposition in the assembly, Yeddyurappa is the BJP legislator from Shikaripura constituency. There are 12 candidates in the fray in Shimoga that would go to polls on April 23.