"Thank you Karnataka for your warmth and affection!" he tweeted.
Though the schedule for election in Karnataka is yet to be declared, the campaign for the high-voltage poll has already begun.
The ruling Congress is seeking to retain power in Karnataka, where Assembly polls are due early this year, while the BJP is eyeing to wrest the southern state from it. The Congress had unseated the BJP in Karnataka in 2013.
The HD Deve Gowda-led JD(S) is another major party in the contest.
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