Amit Shah's visit to coastal Karnataka might up the communal ante


"Leader of the opposition and former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said the attacks on BJP workers have been continuing in Karnataka".

The BJP chief will chair several party events and visit a number of temples.

Asking the party workers to strengthen the organisation at the booth level, he said he would come for review at the district level next. On the second day of the tour he addressed a gathering in Surathkal of press people and said the state wanted a change from Congress" "goonda governance'. "Our party president has said that he is our party member".

"This is an election not only related to the state but the interests of the entire nation". Only B S Yeddyurappa, state BJP president and Anant Kumar Hegde, central minister were interacting with Amit Shah. Karnataka, he said, need good governance, not Goonda governance, he said. "Not only because he's Haris's son but also because it involves appeasement of groups", said Shah referring to Mohammad Haris Nalapad, son of Congress MLA NA Haris, who allegedly assaulted a man at a restaurant in Bengaluru on Saturday night.

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Shah, who addressed party workers at Kukke Subrahmanya, students at Vivekananda Vidyavardhaka Sangha in Puttur and fishermen on the Udupi coast, charged Siddaramaiah with engaging in politics and policies to please minorities. An FIR has actually been filed in the case and the police have added an additional charge of attempt to murder. "After some time he (Amit Shah) said, "just for political reasons I told like that".

Congress continued its attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the fifth day in a row over the PNB-Nirav Modi-Mehul Choksi scam, thereby signaling that it considers denting PM's anti-corruption image as a key harm to BJP's prospects in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Amit Shah will particularly meet the family members of Paresh Meshta who died in December 2017 and also the family members of Deepak Rao who died in the month of January this year. "He is not at all our party worker". "Is goondaism by Haris's son created by BJP?" asked Mr Shettar.