Infrastructure plus Hindutva push: Karnataka BJP follows the UP way

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day tour of Karnataka starting on Monday is the first since the BJP changed the guard in the state last July by replacing veteran leader B.S. The two-day tour is seen as a sign that the BJP is pushing its development agenda to the fore of public attention in the run-up to the 2023 General Assembly elections, implementing a strategy that has worked well in Uttar Pradesh.

Modi is set to inaugurate infrastructure projects and dedicate some of the existing projects to the nation before taking part in the International Yoga Day event in Mysuru on Tuesday.

The BJP’s pre-election strategy in all states is to highlight development projects through the Prime Minister in the last round before the polls. A BJP source said the visit of the Prime Minister to unveil several projects in Karnataka is part of the strategy ahead of the state elections.

The highlight of the infrastructure push is the suburban railway project in Bengaluru, worth Rs 15,767 crore, which has been on paper for over 30 years. PM Modi will lay the foundation stone for the project, which aims to provide mass transit connectivity to Bengaluru’s suburbs and affiliated towns.

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The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for two railway projects and allocate four existing and operational railway projects, including the 100% electrification of the Konkan Railway at a cost of Rs 1,287 crore. It will also lay the foundation stone for five highway link projects around Bengaluru with a total length of 186 km and an estimated cost of Rs 7,231 crore.

Modi arrived around 11.55 am at the Indian Air Force base of Yelahanka and traveled to the Indian Institute of Science by helicopter to inaugurate the Brain Cell Research Center which was set up at a cost of Rs 450 crore by co-founder and former CEO of Infosys Ltd. Chris Gopalakrishnan. The cornerstone of an 850-bed research hospital funded by technology company MindTree.

The Prime Minister was also set to dedicate to the nation 150 industrial training institutes that received technology upgrades at a cost of Rs 4,736 crore, and he would also inaugurate the Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar School of Economics University (BASE), which was originally designed and developed by the former state government led by the former state government. Congress.

“A dual-engine government is definitely beneficial. Many projects have a smooth sailing if the gates of Delhi are open. The policies are framed in Delhi, it is the international gateway. Only a twin-engine government can help countries to the Achieving international standards in infrastructure.” He added that the country benefited from Prime Minister Modi’s vision for development.

The BJP’s strategy is the same as it has worked in Uttar Pradesh, where its development agenda, combined with Hindutva campaigning, listed caste identities and patronage politics to help the party defeat anti-incumbency elections earlier this year.

Bommai said earlier this year that Karnataka’s big takeaway from poll ruling in four states, including UP, was that “caste-based politics has been defeated by principle-based politics” and that the people have largely accepted Hindutva politics.

“We have the strength of Modiji’s reputation with us. We have the strength of our programs and the strength of our organization. If we work together and move forward, we can define the narrative and the agenda,” Bhumi said earlier this year as he congratulated the BJP leaders from Karnataka who were deployed for UP’s electoral work. , Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa, “We can come to power in 2023. I am absolutely confident.”

Despite the inauguration of several centrally funded projects on Monday by the Chief Minister, the Karnataka government is behind schedule in implementing several projects in Bengaluru. “There are many projects yet to be implemented. Most of these projects are on hold due to the pulls and pressures from special interests, lack of political will, and management flaws. One BJP leader said, “Strict monitoring is required because timely implementation of these projects is a must. A must for the party to get the electoral support of the citizens.”

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