Karnataka polls will be communalism vs secularism: Siddaramaiah

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The Karnataka polls are expected to be held in March- April.

Earlier in the day, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah met Rahul at his Delhi residence.

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 courageous face that he would be able to retain power in the state.

Mr Siddaramaiah said the party's poll preparedness was reviewed in detail at the meeting and its strategy chalked out.

Karnataka Congress president G Parameshwara, working presidents S R Patil and Dinesh Gundu Rao, the party's Karnataka in-charge K C Venugopal were also present at the meeting, besides senior leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, K Rahman Khan, K H Muniyappa, Oscar Fernandes and Veerappa Moily. He is very happy that our our government has no anti-incumbency. "We are confident that the Congress party will win with a comfortable majority in Karnataka", he said. What they (BJP) are preaching is not Hindutva. "BJP, RSS and Bajarang Dal also have terrorists within", he had said, triggering a war of words between the ruling Congress and the saffron party ahead of the upcoming assembly polls. "That will not work".

BJP Chief Amit Shah, who has increased his frequency of visits to the state after successive victories in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, has asked the local BJP leadership to keep up pressure on the state government and strengthen grassroots levels workers and conduct outreach programmes.

"They (BJP) are following (Hindutva) sans humanity". I said I am also a Hindu but a humane Hindu. "The BJP has no other issues".

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