On Tuesday night, BJP National Chief Amit Shah held grand roadshow to campaign for party’s Bangalore (south) candidate Tajasvi Surya, signifies the significant attached to retain its traditional stronghold for years.
Mr. Shah visited Bangalore from Tamil Nadu only for the roadshow, which was a showcase of unity by city unit as there were several protests to the candidature of political greenhorn Surya, who was preferred over ex-Union Minister Ananth Kumar’s widow Tejaswini Kumar.
Hundreds of keen BJP workers cheered the BJP Chief chanting “Modi, Modi” as the “Rath”, a modified vehicle, covered over 1 km distance with Bangalore BJP Chief BS Yeddyurappa, Surya, Tejaswimi Kumar, and Legislators from Bangalore South Constituency accompanying Mr. Shah.
Hours before roadshow, Ms. Tejaswini was also appointed as party state-unit Vice President in an apparent appeasing move after denying tickets to her to contest from Bangalore (South) Lok Sabha Constituency, which her husband Ananth Kumar had represented for around six terms.
The massive roadshow started from Banashankari Temple and ended near a convention hall at J P Nagar, with thousands of supporters gathering all along the route.
Soon after the roadshow ended, the BJP National Chief left for New Delhi.
Ms. Tejaswini’s presence gave a boost to the massive roadshow, as she was confused after being denied ticker, leaving her supporters agitated and angry.
Tejaswini Kumar has been active in public life as NGO worker at Adamya Chetana. In a surprise move, the centre-ruling party has offered a ticket to 28-year-old Surya, with hours left for the deadline for filing nomination for the first round of an election in Karnataka.