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Shah holds massive road show in Tumkur on last day of

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Tuesday held a massive road show in Tumkur, where his party nominee is pitted against JDS supremo and former H D Deve Gowda, as the town was swathed in Saffron.

Ahead of the road show, Shah visited Siddaganga mutt, a prominent Lingayat seminary in Karnataka, and paid respects at the "Gadduge" (the final resting place) of its highly revered seer Shivakumara Swami, who passed away at the age of 111-year, in January this year.

Thousands of enthusiastic workers cheered Shah chanting "Modi, Modi" as his "Rath", a modified campaign vehicle, traversed through the streets of in the around 40-minute road show.

Shah canvassed votes for candidate G S Basavaraj on the last day of the electioneering in the constituency, which is going for polls on Thursday along with 13 other seats in the first of the two-phase elections in the state.

The remaining 14 seats in will have polling on April 23.

A large number of people gathered all along the route and showered flower petals on Shah as the "rath" wound its way in a delirious atmosphere.

Ahead of the "rath", BJP supporters sporting saffron caps and holding cutouts, placards and party flags danced to drum beats, as slogans of 'Modi Modi' rent the air.

Accompanying Shah among others were senior leader and MLA V Sonamma, BJP and in charge P Muralidhar Rao.

Deve Gowda is the of ruling Congress-JDS coalition in the constituency.

He has chosen to contest from at the last minute, after vacating Hassan, his home tuft, to grandson Prajwal Revanna.

had ceded seat to JD(S) as per the seat sharing arrangement, denying ticket to sitting Muddahanumegowda, causing resentment within.

The fight in Tumkur is also seen as battle between Lingayats and Vokkaligas - the two dominant communities in -- to which both Basavaraj and Gowda belong to respectively.

Basavaraj had represented Tumkur in in the past- thrice as a nominee and once from BJP. He was defeated by in 2014 polls.

For Deve Gowda it is his first electoral battle from Tumkur, which has eight assembly segments. Four of them are held by BJP, three by JD(S) and one by Congress.

A total of 15 candidates are in the fray in the seat.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 17:20 IST