Calling Karnataka "the land of Hanuman" that was ruled by the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire, Yogi Adityanath said it was unfortunate that the Congress, "instead of worshipping Hanuman and Vijayanagar, was worshiping Tipu Sultan... If Karnataka dismisses Congress in one go, no one else will come to worship Tipu Sultan".
The right-wing activists see Tipu Sultan as a bigoted tyrant who forcefully converted thousands. But his birth anniversary celebrations have been celebrated for two consecutive years by the Siddaramaiah government, which hails him as one of the earliest freedom fighters.
Yogi Adityanath accused the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government of neglecting law and order in the state, saying the "brutal killings" of BJP workers signify a "state of anarchy".
The Parivartana Yatra will be led by BS Yeddyurappa, who has been named the BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate. It is one of the rare instances when the BJP has named a chief ministerial candidate, instead of projecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's governance model.
This time, the BJP hopes to recapture power with its Mission 150 - winning 150 of the state's 224 seats. The state BJP chief Muralidhar Rao said the party's fifth consecutive victory in Gujarat will have a direct impact on the coming assembly elections.
After the Gujarat victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a pit-stop at Mangaluru on way to visit Lakshadweep, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, which had been hit by the cyclone Ochki. Several thousands of supporters had come to meet him at the airport and then had followed him to the Circuit House.
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