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Ab ki baar, it will be BJP Sarkar, says Amit Shah on 3-day Karnataka trip

On his 3-day trip, he asserted that the party stood united, would return to power in 2018 polls

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Amit Shah
File photo of BJP National President Amit Shah | PTI Photo by Nand Kumar

president arrived on Saturday for a three-day visit to to re-energise the rank and file and asserted that the party stood united and would return to power in next year's assembly polls under the leadership of state unit chief

"Friends, our party stands united, and is geared up to take to the electoral battlefield under the leadership of Yeddyurappaji in coming days, and see to it that we form a in the state," Shah told party workers near the Kempe Gowda International Airport here.

Shah was accorded a rousing reception by workers.

He claimed the people had decided to vote the BJP to power as the party had been exposing the "corrupt, polarising and oppressive" rule of the in the last five years.

"I am hopeful that the way the party, for the last five years, has been fighting against the corrupt, oppressive and polarising rule of the Congress, the people of this great state of have decided to vote the BJP to power," he said.

Shah said he had come here to realise the resolution of forming the next BJP in

"I have come here amidst BJP workers to realise 'Ab Ki Baar, BJP Sarkar' (This time, a BJP government) resolution," he added.

He said when Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'VijayRath' (victory chariot) would reach Karnataka in next February- March, party workers should be ready with their quest to make inroads into the southern India by winning the Karnataka assembly polls.

Shah has a packed schedule and would try to bring the factional fights in the party to an end.

BJP state president and former chief minister Yeddyurappa has been facing criticism over his "arbitrary" style of functioning with some party leaders expressing their unhappiness with him.

Shah's programmes during his three-day stay include interaction with intellectuals, meeting religious leaders, state functionaries, legislators, MPs, and leaders of Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

Tomorrow, he will take part in the Political Affairs Committee meeting of the party and visit Adi Chunchanagiri Math in Nagamangala in Mandya district and meet the seer, who is the religious leader of Vokkaligas, the second most powerful community in Karnataka.

He will also meet Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

On the third day, Shah will address party "vistaraks" (volunteers) who had fanned out across the state to get feedback from the people.

First Published: Sat, August 12 2017. 14:34 IST