Karnataka: BJP chief Amit Shah holds impressive road show near Bengaluru

Modi unveiled the statue in London in 2015

Leading the saffron party's election campaign in the state, the BJP President has been visiting several Lingayat mutts and pontiffs, even as many of them have already pledged their support to the Congress this time, the Economic Times reported.

Congress had reacted in reply to the BJP attack over it following acquittal of right-wing activist Aseemanand and four others in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad. By doing so, they "insulted" the nation, he said. "This is the same case which AICC president Rahul Gandhi used as an example and said there was saffron terror in the nation".

"Can Hindu be linked to terror?"

Shah also said Congress had denied using the term.

"On 16 December 2010, Rahul Gandhi spoke of saffron terror with the American ambassador and subsequently P Chidambaram in 2012, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Salman Khurshid in 2013 all said the same thing", Amit shah said and recalled that even Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah spoke about it on January 10 this year. But now the case is over and the court has said that the case completely fake and fabricated.

On Rahul Gandhi's criticism of Modi's rule, Shah said his great grandfather Nehru, grandmother Indira Gandhi, ?Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi had ruled for four generations.

Shah will visit the homes of two intellectuals in Bengulru to seek their views on the party's manifesto for the upcoming assembly polls.

Politics around Basaveshwara, the founder of Lingayat sect who has emerged as a key factor in the run-up to the May 12 elections in Karnataka, peaked on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the 12th century saint Wednesday, with leaders from the BJP and the Congress involved in public displays of reverence for the poet-saint.

Amit Shah is scheduled to address a gathering in Hoskote later in the day. During his visits, Shah has been reaching out to Lingayats and Veerashaiva Lingayats, meeting their seers and holding meetings with their groups apparently to ensure that the Congress does not cut into its voter base.

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