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Karnataka polls: BJP to launch its poll campaign today

First published: April 19, 2013, 12:09 PM IST | Updated: April 19, 2013
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Karnataka polls: BJP to launch its poll campaign today
The party will also release its poll manifesto for the Karnataka election, which will be held on May 5.

Bangalore: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will on Friday officially launch it's poll campaign and release it's poll manifesto for the Karnataka Assembly election, which will be held on May 5.

The ruling party in the state is set to unleash a high-pitch campaign for the May 5 assembly polls, with its top national leaders slated to travel cross the state from April 21. Announcing the campaign schedule, BJP state unit president Prahlad Joshi rubbished media reports raising questions about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's involvement in electioneering.

"Modiji is expected to give his dates to us soon," he said amid speculation that the Gujarat Chief Minister may not expose himself to a political risk as the BJP is battling a strong anti-incumbency factor in the state. Former deputy prime minister LK Advani would kickstart the electioneering for a day addressing meetings in Rannebennur and Davanagere on April 21, Joshi said.

Joshi said the leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj will address a meeting in Bangalore and party President Rajnath Singh at Belgaum and Yenakanmaradi on April 21. Another senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu is scheduled to address rallies in Raichur, Sindhanur and Gangavati the same day.

The BJP has booked two helicopters and a special aircraft for the campaign, Joshi said. He also said the Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley would arrive in the city on Friday to attend a party event and also address a rally at a later date.

To a query, Joshi said the BJP would not make the blast near the party office here yesterday an election issue during campaign but would react strongly if other parties levelled allegations targetting his party. Reacting to the statements of Congress leaders that saffron outfits were behind the blast, Joshi said he did not want to politicise the issue. "We have only said since the blast happened in front of our office, they (terrorists) might have targeted our leaders," he said.

(With additional information from PTI)

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