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Ahead of the 2023 elections in Karnataka, Prime Minister Modi is holding a 10 km roadshow in Bengaluru today. Check traffic advice


With only three days left until the Karnataka Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold part 2 of the massive roadshow in Bengaluru on Sunday, May 7. However, the roadshow is on a shorter route today due to the NEET entrance exam.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Modi will hold a roadshow in Karnataka, a 10km area between Kempegowda statue in Thippasandra and Trinity Circle in Bengaluru.

With the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in mind, the BJP on Friday modified Modi’s two-day roadshow in Bengaluru by scheduling the extended event on Saturday and a shorter one on May 7. The saffron festival was previously scheduled for eight hours on Saturday alone, but later split into two parts – on Saturday and Sunday to avoid inconvenience to the public.

PM Modi roadshow in Bengaluru; Avoid these routes on Sunday, May 7:

According to the Bengaluru traffic police notification, commuters/motorists are allowed to avoid the following roads from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. today:

  • Raj Bhavan Road
  • Mekhri circle
  • T Chowdaiah Road
  • Ramanamaharshi Road
  • Old Airport Road
  • Surandandas Road
  • MG gone
  • Jagadeeshnagar cross
  • JB Nagar main road
  • BEML node
  • 80ft AWAY Indiranagar
  • New Thipasandra Road
  • 12th main road 100 feet away Indiranagar, Cauvery School
  • CMH gone
  • Sawmy Vivekananda Road
  • Halasuru Metro Station
  • Trinity intersection

PM Modi’s roadshow on Saturday: Highlights

Yesterday the 26 km roadshow from Someshwar Bhavan RBI Ground in Bengaluru South to Malleshwaram’s Sankey Tank was covered in about three hours. Modi’s roadshow crossed parts of South and Central Bengal and touched on about a dozen Assembly segments. The Prime Minister was joined by Bengaluru South MP, Tejasvi Surya and Bengaluru Central MP, PC Mohan.

Standing on the specially designed vehicle, Modi greeted the crowds gathered along the roads and on nearby buildings, many of whom chanted the slogans ‘Modi, Modi’, ‘Jai Bajarangbali’, ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and shouted loud cheers in what appeared to be a “party atmosphere” in several places. In many places, people dropped flower petals as his cavalcade moved slowly through the track, amid the sounds of drum beats.

The prime minister also reacted by scattering the flower petals collected on the vehicle back to the crowd. Massive provisions had been made along the stretch, including the erection of barricades, to ensure that the roadshow would run smoothly. There was strict security. According to BJP state sources, tens of thousands of people had gathered along the road.

The entire distance was decorated in saffron hues while BJP flags were seen on both sides of the road, and thousands of party workers and supporters also wore saffron scarves and caps. The Saffron Flag, which looked like the ‘Bhagwa Flag’ with Lord Hanuman’s face on it, was spotted in several places. Cultural teams were also stationed at various points along the route to welcome Modi. A group of women ‘Pourakarmikas’ (citizen workers) gathered in a place to greet Modi.

Voting will take place on May 10 (Wednesday) for the 2023 Karnataka elections and vote counting will take place on May 13 (Saturday).

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.