Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde will campaign for the BJP for the May 10 Karnataka assembly elections. Shinde will be in the state on Monday and participate in two BJP roadshows at Kapu and Udupi town, party sources said.
Before reaching Udupi, Shinde will visit the Sri Manjunatha Swamy Temple. He will then meet the Dharmasthala temple’s Dharmadhikari, Veerendra Hegde, they said.
The chief minister will also visit the Sri Krishna Temple in Udupi and on Monday itself, return to Maharashtra, the sources said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, which suffered setbacks with some heavyweights jumping the ship, had named other party heavyweights as their star campaigners. The list featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda among others for the May 10 polls.
The BJP released a list of 40-star campaigners on April 18 for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections for which the BJP has exerted full might to return to power.
The other big names from the Union government which will seek votes for the party in BJP’s “gateway to the South” (Karnataka) include Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister Smriti Irani and others.
Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also featured in the list.