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Karnataka Assembly Election 2023: BJP begins preparation, three teams begin statewide tour

Ahead of the Assembly elections in Karnataka in 2023, the BJP State Unit began its preparations from Tuesday with key party leaders forming three teams that will organize workers’ conventions at district and booth level across the state through April 24.

One of the teams is led by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, BJP Head of State Nalin Kumar Kateel and National General Secretary in charge of State Arun Singh who will lead the other two teams. Each team, consisting of MPs, ministers and top leaders, will travel across the state and examine the organizational activities of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Bommai told reporters on Tuesday that ahead of the BJP state executive committee meeting to be held on April 16-17, organizational goals have been set for party leaders from the stand level to those leading various morchas in each district. “The party is gaining strength thanks to the disciplined and dedicated work of party workers in the coastal region. The BJP will win maximum seats in the coastal region in the coming days, Bommai told Mangaluru.

Responding to a question whether the party would fight the election on the Hindutva issue or the state government development ballot, Bommai said, “We will face the election based on the work of development of our government. Fishermen’s welfare, community development, tourism development, industrialization and the hard work of our party workers will help the party do well.

BJP National General Secretary in charge of Karnataka, Arun Singh, who is on tour in North Karnataka, on Tuesday expressed his confidence in the BJP’s return to power in the state. Speaking to reporters, Singh said, “The party has strong leadership and guide in the form of former CM BS Yediyurappa in Karnataka, while Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is leading the government successfully.”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his visit to the state earlier this month set a target of 150 seats in the 224-member Assembly for BJP leaders.

Speaking to The Indian Express, a senior BJP leader said, “The party planned this tour mainly to know the reality on the ground and the performance of the government. Feedback regarding the performance of the party in the state and center will be collected from MPs, elected party members, district and bloc officials.

“The three teams will prepare a report which will be submitted to BJP National Chairman JP Nadda for further strategy,” he added.

The term of the State Legislative Assembly is due to end on May 24, 2023.