The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) star campaigners - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath - are holding a series of rallies in poll bound Karnataka and now the saffron party has introduced its women's brigade to garner the support of women voters.
The BJP has roped in its top women leaders such as Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles and Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani and others to hold townhall sessions with female voters.
The BJP has planned six 'Karunada Mahila Jagruti Samvada' sessions across Karnataka. While Sitharaman will be hosting the event in Bengaluru, Smriti Irani will meet women voters in Belgaum.
Similarly, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries will be in Gulbarga. MP Meenakshi Lekhi will be in Mangaluru and Pankaja Munde, Maharashtra Minister for Rural Development, Women and Child Development will be campaigning in Bidar. In Raichur, the interaction session will be hosted by former Union Minister Daggubati Purandeswari.
On the other hand, PM Modi is expected to hold 15 to 20 rallies across Karnataka ahead of May 12 voting. Initially, the party had planned 15 rallies of the PM, but the number of the rallies were increased on the request of local party workers, insiders said.
Campaigning for Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 will conclude on May 10. Counting of votes is scheduled for May 15.