Last week the BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav landed in the city to hold talks with state RSS leaders about the poll scene in Karnataka.
According to party sources, his brief was clear. He did not meet any BJP leaders, met only RSS functionaries, got their feedback and shared his ideas with them before returning to New Delhi.
Ram Madhav, credited with BJP’s spectacular growth in the North Eastern states, was in poll-bound Karnataka to chalk out Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign plan, claim state BJP leaders.
According to them, the BJP national leadership is not impressed with the campaign being done by the state unit and they want to unleash Modi “wave” to beat the ruling Congress, which has been running an effective campaign for the past four months.
The Congress president Rahul Gandhi has already completed the tour of entire state and has covered 28 out of 30 districts in the state. His public meetings have also attracted a big crowd worrying the BJP.
On the other hand, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has also taken both Modi and Shah head on attacking them on daily basis.
“Our campaign so far has been lacklustre. We have failed to put the Congress on back foot. Actually, they are setting the agenda and we are being forced to react to them. The party high command has taken a serious note of it and they seem to have decided to take direct charge of the campaign,” said a senior state BJP leader.
The Prime Minister has so far addressed four public meetings in the last four months and Amit Shah has toured more than 10-12 districts in the state. Modi is likely to address at least 8-10 public meetings in different parts of the state in the next one month.