Bengaluru: BS Yeddyurappa, the BJP strongman in Karnataka, on Friday took a dig at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as the latter began his party's assembly election campaign in the poll-bound southern state.
BS Yeddyurappa, who is BJP's Karnataka unit president, also took to Twitter to welcome the Congress president by calling him an "election Hindu".
The former Karnataka chief minister said that the arrival of Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka will only bring good fortunes for the saffron party.
He further said that Rahul Gandhi's campaign in Karnataka will only fulfil BJP's dream of a "Congress Mukt Karnataka".
"I heartily welcome #ElectionHindu @OfficeOfRG to Ballari. The #Congress President will fulfil our dream of a #CongressMuktKarnataka," Yeddyurappa said in a tweet.
— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) February 9, 2018
Stating that Congress has faced huge setbacks and BJP has won wherever Rahul Gandhi has campaigned in the past, BSY said, "His arrival is like arrival of good fortune for BJP."
In a similar fashion, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public rally here on February 4, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, in a welcome tweet, had asked him to find time to resolve the inter-state Mahadayi river water row with neighbouring Goa.
During his four-day visit, the first after being made All India Congress Committee chief, Rahul Gandhi will be visiting temples, mutts and a Dargah, along with addressing public meetings and conducting a road show by bus.
He is also expected to have corner meetings, interact with farmer union representatives and attend a tribal rally, among other things.
Assembly elections in Karnataka are scheduled early this year.
(With PTI inputs)