Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah meets Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Delhi

Rahul Gandhi at Dwarkadhish Temple in Gujarat

Rahul Gandhi at Dwarkadhish Temple in Gujarat

Gandhi decided on the campaign after meeting with party leaders from his state, including Siddaramaiah, Parameshwara, working president Dinesh Gundu Rao, leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, senior leaders Veerappa Moily, K H Muniappa, Oscar Fernandes and party in charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal.

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. It will not be a contest between me and (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi.

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. Karnataka Assembly elections will be held in April this year.

Siddaramaiah said the party's poll preparedness was reviewed in detail at the meeting and its strategy chalked out. "Rahul Gandhi was very happy to know that there is no anti-incumbency against our govt, and that all programmes that were mentioned in our manifesto have been completed", ANI quoted him as saying. Our government is not facing any anti-incumbency.

Even the Hindutva issue raised by BJP president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were not a matter of concern for the Congress, he claimed. I have only said they spread hatred in the name of Hindutva.

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Siddaramaiah also accused the BJP of "raising irrelevant issues".

"They (BJP) are following (Hindutva) sans humanity".

Challenging Siddaramaiah, Karandlaje said, "I am BJP, I am RSS". I said I am also a Hindu but a humane Hindu.

"The BJP is trying to polarise the people because they have no other slogan or programme. But the Congress party is confident of winning the polls", he added.

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