To woo Shaiv voters of Karnataka, PM, BJP CMs to visit Kedarnath

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The ruling Congress on Tuesday taunted the Narendra Modi government for "protecting" Karnataka's infamous Reddy mining brothers and fielding three of them for the May 12 state assembly elections. The interaction will take place on 26 April at 09:00 am.

A BJP statement said he would also speak to party workers and provide them "guidance" as they campaign for the polls to the 224-member assembly. "PM Modi has shown the people that we're serious about development, and that will help me in the election", he said.

Here are the tweets that were exchanged between the BJP Karnataka's official Twitter handle and CM Siddaramaiah. The expected presence of PM and CMs of BJP ruled States in Kedarnath temple which is one of the most revered shrines of Lord Shiva in the country on the auspicious occasion of opening of its portals would surely give a message to lakhs of Shaivites in Karnataka just days before it goes for polls. "He will be first visiting Udupi's Shri Krishna Mutt, and will later address a massive public rally in Udupi #ModiIsComing", BJP Karnataka tweeted.

Earlier in the day, Kharge sparked reports that Siddaramaiah might not be the Congress' automatic choice for chief minister of Karnataka if the party came to power for a second consecutive term in the state. Local media quoted its Karnataka head as saying this week that the party had no "secret pact" with the BJP as suggested by Congress leaders in the state.

However, soon after the photo was tweeted, Twitter users started asking the logic behind why the photo of Ned Stark, a character why had been killed in the series, was used.

Top leaders of both the BJP and Congress have campaigned extensively ahead of the May 12 election in Karnataka, whose cosmopolitan capital Bengaluru is known as the information technology hub of India but has struggled to cope with its overstretched infrastructure.

A prominent ST leader of BJP in the state, Sriramulu also offered prayers to Banashankari, the deity of Chalukya Empire, before filing his nomination.