Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a massive roadshow in north Bengaluru on Saturday, capping up a full day of campaigning for the BJP in Karnataka, which is going to the polls, and receiving a tremendous reception from a sizable crowd.
After giving his third public speech in the state, Modi flew into the city from Kudachi in the Belagavi district of northern Karnataka at around five o’clock that evening. He rode in a specially made vehicle. Modi, who was wearing a saffron hat, was accompanied by BJP MLC C. Narayanaswamy and Bangalore North MP D. V. Sadananda Gowda.
A large number of people thronged both sides of the road to catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister and showered flowers on him. The BJP flags, festoons, and posters dotted the road, and a group of artists performed ‘Dollu Kunita’, a popular drum dance, en route to the roadshow.
The 5.3-kilometre-long roadshow passed through various locations in north Bengaluru, including Magadi Road, Nice Road Junction, and Sumanahalli. Traffic snarls were witnessed due to the roadshow. Police had issued a traffic advisory to people, asking them to avoid certain roads where the Prime Minister’s convoy would pass through. Elaborate security arrangements were made throughout the route from where Modi would take out his roadshow.
Modi on Saturday flew in from Delhi and reached Bidar in the morning. He addressed public meetings in Humnabad in Bidar, the district headquarter town in Vijayapura, and Kudachi in Belagavi district.
The Prime Minister will stay overnight in Bengaluru on Saturday and depart from Raj Bhavan on Sunday morning to hold public meetings in the district headquarter town of Kolar, Channapatna in Ramanagara district, and Belur in Hassan district.