Adding to the pressure on the ruling Congress government with the BJP’s “protect Bengaluru” campaign that kicked off on Friday, the Janata Dal (Secular) too is set to kick start a padayatra in various constituencies in the city.
The padayatra by the JD(S), which is set to begin on Tuesday, March 6, will highlight the achievements of JD(S), which, in 2006, formed the first coalition government with the BJPin Karnataka, during its tenure in power.
The padyatra mirrors BJPs recent ‘Bengaluru Rakshisi’ campaign which began on March 3rd in the KR Puram area and plans to cover all 28 assembly constituencies in the city in a fortnight.
The JD(S) yatra will be flagged off from the Doddaganapathi temple in Basavanagudi and will see JD(S) leaders protest against the ruling Congress government in all Bengaluru constituencies.
Speaking to TNM, Sadananda a JD(S) spokesperson said, “We are doing the padayatra to make people in the city aware of the JD(S) government's achievements in the state. Many seem to have overlooked or forgotten that it was the JD(S) government that built many of the flyovers and other structures in Bengaluru. We will be reminding citizens of that.”
While BJP and Congress have organised massive public rallies in the state over the last few months in anticipation of the state assembly elections, this is only the second public rally by JD(S) Bengaluru.
The first one happened on February 18 when JD(S) leader and former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy shared the dais with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati, following the pre-poll alliance agreement between both the parties ahead of the Assembly elections in Karnataka.
Despite this, the party has been the first to jump ahead of its political rivals by releasing its entire list of candidates contesting the upcoming elections.