Congress high command is all set to add cine glamour in the Karnataka Assembly elections and is understood to have decided to utilise the services of Union Minister K Chiranjeevi to campaign for the party.
According to party sources, Chiranjeevi will be campaigning in the northern Karnataka districts bordering Rayalaseema and Telangana regions which are inhabited by large number of Telugu speaking people.
The party has already won the elections to the local bodies in that state a few days ago and is confident of defeating the ruling BJP, which is mired in faction feuds for the last three years.
This is also a God sent opportunity for Chiranjeevi to prove himself because his charisma was no match to that of late chief minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections in 2009.
Though he contested two seats – Tirupati and Palacole – he managed to win only the Tirupati Assembly seat. However, he helped in splitting the Telugu Desam vote to ensure that the Congress retained power in the last election.
The Congress is going to capture power in Karnataka outright due to differences among the leaders in the saffron party and to project Chiranjeevi as a crowd puller. No doubt Chiranjeevi will draw huge crowds but to what extent he can convert them into votes is the big question.
In the June 12 by-elections last year, there was a huge turnout at all the public meetings which were addressed by the actor-turned-politician but the results shocked the party leaders as his presence failed to stop the YSR Congress juggernaut even from winning the Tirupati Assembly seat.
Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy said that he will accompany Chiranjeevi during the campaign and expressed confidence that the Congress will return to power in Karnataka.