Prime Minister Narendra Modi commences a 26-kilometre-long roadshow on May 6, 2023, at 10 a.m. in the morning in Bengaluru, in the midst of the Karnataka elections preparations. It is reported that this roadshow is a part of his election campaign for the Karnataka elections. The rallies are seen as part of BJP’s special strategy to garner maximum support in the state capital.
The beginning stop of this roadshow was Someshwara Sabha Bhavan, Konanakunte, in Bommanahalli Assembly constituency, at 10 a.m. sharp, and the last destination was Kadu Malleshwara Temple, in Malleswaram, at 1:30 p.m. sharp. There were 13 constituencies that passed by on the roadshow stated by The Hindu.
A senior police official said, “The roadshow was scheduled to conclude by 12.30 p.m. However, an hour and a half into the roadshow, Mr. Modi had not gone beyond Jayanagar, raising the possibility that it would last much longer than planned.” So, the roadshow ended at 1:30 p.m. instead of 12:30 p.m., an hour late.
PM Modi was accompanied on his roadshow by employees and workers from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was welcomed by many groups of dancers with traditional dance performances at the start of the roadshow as good luck for his elections. PM Modi himself wore a Mysore peta in recognition of Mysore traditions and to show respect to their tradition.
More than 10 lakh people had gathered to greet and have a look at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on either side of the roads along the route or on the way of the roadshow to show support for him and the BJP. Many of the people were standing behind the barricades to just have a look at him.
BJP sources said the party had organised over 40 tonnes of flowers for Saturday alone. His BJP workers showered those flowers on him while he was passing the route in his jeep. PM Modi was accompanied in the vehicle by members of Parliament Tejasvi Surya (Bengaluru South) and P. C. Mohan (Bengaluru Central), along with his security personnel.
Many BJP workers had dressed up and wore a mask of Lord Hanuman, in what they said was ‘an act of defiance against Congress promise to ban Bajrang Dal if they came to power.’ Not only the Party workers but children and people who come to look at PM Modi also wore masks of Lord Hanuman and enthusiastically cheered him on. On the route of the roadway, the BJP workers had put up loudspeakers, which were playing slogans of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Jai Bajrang Bali’ in PM Modi’s voice repeatedly. And most importantly, they were waving flags of the BJP, just like at a rally reported by The Hindu.
The majority of roads were blocked in Bengaluru today, i.e., Saturday morning. Traffic police were on duty with a heavy crowd to handle while the roadshow was happening. More than 34 roads and areas in Bengaluru were a mega block because of the rally.
PM Modi is going to conduct a roadshow again on Sunday, i.e., May 7th, in Bengaluru from Kempegowda Statue, New Tippasandra, to Trinity Circle, MG Road, but this will be a shorter route than Saturday’s, which will be around 6 km long, as reported by ABP News. The reason behind shortening this route was because there are students who will be appearing for NEET on that day, and the rally might hinder their exam preparations.
Karnataka has polls on May 10 and votes counting on May 13, so that means the 15th Assembly election in Karnataka will be held in a single phase on May 10, 2023, and the results for the following election will be declared on May 13, 2023, as reported by sources.