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BENGALURU: The carpet bombing campaign in Bengaluru led by Prime MinisterNarendra Modi for the May 10 elections came to an end on Sunday morning. The second day of Modi’s visit saw a saffron wave sweep across the eastern part and central business district of the city, marking the successful completion of theweekend roadshows.

While there were concerns that the roadshow would disrupt the NEET for aspiring students, the BJP’s efficient management of theevent and planning by parents and students who anticipated traffic chaos ensured that there were no problems.

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With BJP placing the estimated crowd at around 2 lakh, the numbers were much less compared to Saturday.

Bengaluru Central MP PC Mohan and Union minister of state for electronics and IT R ajeev Chandrasekhar joined Modi in an open wagon, relegating MLA Raghu of CV Ramannagar constituency, which includes New Thippasandra, into the background. “We hope his visit will change the mood in Bengaluru city ahead of the elections that was initially leaning towards the opposition,” said BJP local cadre Rudrappa.

The crowd erupted as the PM climbed abo ard the specially decorated campaign wagon. The PM moved through Thippasandra market road, which had been emptied out and shops shut for the occasion. Men, women and children who had lined up on both sides of the road were ecstatic as the PM passed waving to them and showered them with petals. Finally, the rally turned into Old Madras Road and concluded a t Trinity Circle around noon amidstasea of supporters with flags, placards and Modi masks.

With the BJP’s final round of campaigning in Bengaluru led by their national leaders drawing to a close, the par ty is yet to see whether their efforts will translate into actual votes. The r oadshow on Saturday and Sunday saw the PMcut across mostly BJP strongholds in the city, and the party is optimi stic that there will be adomino effect on the other seats in Bengaluru giving it an upper hand on May 10.

Union home minister Amit Shah too held roadshows in Doddaballapur and Anekal.

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