Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Rahul Gandhi to campaign in Karnataka in February

Rahul Gandhi to campaign in Karnataka in February

The complaint said Siddaramaiah who is "nervous about losing" in the state polls, has made "a baseless, false, frivolous and derogatory" statement which had not only defamed the party, but also incited groups and classes of the society against it.

During his discussions in Delhi with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, KPCC president G Parameshwara and other senior party leaders, Rahul is said to have focused on strategies to counter BJP, which is making Hindutva a strong poll issue.

Meeting the media persons, the only one Congress Chief Minister of Southern India denied that there was any anti-incumbency factor for the party and put a fearless face that he would be able to retain power in the state.

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The ruling Congress party of the state thinks that it can retain the power in the state, on the contrary, the Amit Shah led BJP has already started an all out attack on Congress based on alleged corruption, misappropriation of funds and recent killings of right-wing workers in the state.

Our government is not facing any anti-incumbency. "It will be a battle of two ideologies - secularism and communalism", Siddaramaiah told reporters after the meeting. With particular reference to the techniques adopted by BJP in Gujarat, he highlighted the failure of leaders of his party in Gujarat and deliberated on mistakes committed by them, it is said.

Siddaramaiah, who came under intense attack from the BJP on Wednesday for saying that the party and its fountainhead RSS had "terrorists", on Thursday called them "Hindutva extremists".

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Venugopal said senior leaders had assured the party president that they would work in "unity" and win the upcoming Karnataka polls.

The party leaders staged a dharna at the Mysuru Bank circle in the heart of Bengaluru and blocked the road. "I'm also RSS, arrest me too", he said in another tweet.

Reacting strongly to the remarks, the state BJP had accused Siddaramaiah of desperately trying to polarise elections on communal lines "by calling BJP-RSS terror organisations".

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Accusing the Congress of having supported and encouraging the Khalistan movement, she said, "we have lost several officers, soldiers, leaders and also prime minister because of it".

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