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BJP chief Amit Shah on Karnataka tour from Monday, to visit Lingayat mutts

BJP president Amit Shah will go to Siddaganga mutt on Monday and seek the blessings of its seer.

BJP chief Amit Shah on Karnataka tour from Monday, to visit Lingayat mutts
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New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah will be touring Karnataka for two days from Monday during which he will visit mutts associated with the Lingayat and Dalit communities.

Besides visiting a number of mutts associated with various communities, including Lingayats and Dalits, he will also address farmers' and traders' meetings, take out a road show and attend party events in the poll-bound state.

Shah will go to Siddaganga mutt on Monday and on Tuesday he will on Tuesday visit Madara Chennaiah mutt, which has been traditionally associated with Dalits.

Shah will also visit the Bekkinkal, Sirgere and Muruga mutts among others during his visit to the state's central region.

Following the Siddaramaiah government's decision to accord minority religion status to Lingayats, who have mostly welcomed the move, Shah's visits to their holy places and meeting gurus is seen as part of his efforts to ensure that the community, the largest in the state, continues to back the BJP.

The Congress government's decision, political observers have said, is aimed at denting the vote bank of the BJP, which has declared BS Yeddyurappa its chief ministerial candidate.

The BJP is making an all-out effort to unseat the Congress in Karnataka. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has also been frequenting the state and has visited holy places linked to different religions and castes.

Rahul Gandhi attacks BJP in Karnataka:

Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday accused the Narendra Modi government of being 'afraid' to face the no-confidence motion moved against it. "In parliament, a no-confidence motion against the Modi government has been moved. For the past ten days it has been stalled because the government is afraid," he said at a public rally in Mysuru.

In his speeches almost devoted entirely to attack PM Modi, Rahul chided the government on the Punjab National Bank scam, foreign policy and Jammu and Kashmir situation.

Earlier, at a rally in KR Pete on Sunday, he praised the Siddaramaiah government in the state and said that it had worked for the poor, downtrodden and backward communities. Rahul even credited the CM with running a "clean government".

(With PTI inputs)