Narendra Modi pays tribute to Basaveshwara in London ahead of Karnataka polls: How dailies covered event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday sent out a strong message ahead of the upcoming Karnataka Assembly election by paying tribute to a statue of 12th century Lingayat philosopher and social reformer Basaveshwara on the banks of the river Thames during his visit to the United Kingdom this week. Incidentally, it was Modi who had inaugurated the statue on his last visit to the country in 2015.

Following his visit, most English language newspapers in Karnataka displayed photographs of Modi garlanding or standing next to Basaveshwara’s statue on their front pages. The newspapers reported on what the prime minister did, contrasting it with what Congress chief minister Siddaramaiah said on Basava Jayanti.

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