BJP State President and chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa’s historical campaign 'Nava Karnataka Parivarthana Yatra' that will travel in all the 224 constituencies in the State covering 7,500 km in 75 days, was launched by BJP national president Amit Shah on Thursday.
The launch was at the Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre on the outskirts of the City on Tumakuru Road. The scheduled inauguration was at 11 am but Amit Shah was held up for hours at the airport as the car to pick him up was stuck in traffic jam. Finally, Shah decided to take a helicopter from the Kempegowda International Airport to the venue.
Hundreds of Vehicles on the stretch piled up as thousands of bike riders from all over the State arrived at the venue to participate in the Yatra. Along with bikes, BJP workers and spectators also arrived in buses, cars bringing traffic to a standstill on Tumakuru Road, putting daily commuters to inconvenience. Motorists were seen cursing the Yatra as even several ambulances were also stuck.
The launch was attended by BJP State In-charge Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goel along with all BJP leaders from the State. Yeddyurappa is planning to lead the Yatra on all 75 days and other leaders will join him at their respective constituencies. The rally will conclude on Jan 25 at Chamundeshwari, the constituency from where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will be contesting. BJP State General Secretary Shobha Karandlaje is the co-ordinator of the Yatra.
The Yatra will first go through Kunigal and halt at Yediyuru. The rally will cover 3 to 4 constituencies per day and rest for one day in a week. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the valedictory of the BJP rally. As part of the rally, there will be two bike rallies in Dakshina Kannada and Hubli.
The Kodagu police have not permitted the rally to enter as there will be Tipu Jayanthi and the police are taking precautionary measures to avoid the clashes. BJP leaders have requested to permit at least one constituency at the border area in Kodagu but it has not been approved, yet.