Rahul Gandhi visits a Karnataka Lingayat Mutt in support of the election campaign

Rahul Gandhi visits a Karnataka Lingayat Mutt in support of the election campaign (Source: Getty Images)
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Angana Pal Chinya

 Against the fuel price hike by the central government, members of the Maharashtra Congress staged a protest in Bengaluru on Thursday. Protests were held by a number of leaders, including KPCC President DK Shivakumar, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah.

Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to begin his two-day visit to Karnataka on Thursday. In addition to attending the 115th Sri Shivakumar Swamiji Jayanti, Gandhi is likely to meet with frontal organisations, state leaders, the KPCC, and all senior politicians in the state, according to Mallikarjun Kharge, a senior Congress leader. 

The Karnataka Assembly elections are scheduled for 2023, so Rahul Gandhi will be in the state for two days starting today. His objective is to strengthen the party, and he will hold a series of meetings for that purpose.

Rahul Gandhi visited Siddaganga Mutt in Tumakuru, Karnataka, on Thursday, a prominent Lingayat temple. As a sign of respect, he presented flowers to the late pontiff of the Siddaganga Mutt, who passed away in January 2019 at age 111.

During his visit, he met top seers from the Lingayat community. Voting for the BJP has been a dominant force in Karnataka’s Lingayat community. In Karnataka, this community had largely been associated with the Congress before transferring to the BJP under BS Yediyurappa.

In spite of efforts by Congress to win over the community, the BJP continues to maintain an excellent relationship with some of the community’s top leaders, which may swing the election either way. 

He will then attend a meeting of Congress leaders under Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike jurisdiction. He will also meet with legislators, former state legislators, and defeated candidates via Zoom, he said. Gandhi will attend the KPCC’s extended executive committee meeting at the party’s state headquarters on April 1. BJP sources confirmed on Wednesday that Narendra Modi’s trip to Bengaluru, which was supposed to take place on April 5, has been cancelled.

Amit Shah, the senior BJP leader, is set to travel to Karnataka in the coming days. During his stay, he will go to Siddaganga Mutt and Muddenahalli in Chikkaballapura. On Friday (April 1), Shah will participate in the 115th birth anniversary and Guru Vandana programme of the late Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddaganga Mutt and visit Lingayat Mutt as well. 

At 2 pm, he will attend a groundbreaking ceremony and public function for a new medical college in Muddenahalli.

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