Siddaramaiah calls himself as 'humane Hindu', criticises BJP

Siddaramaiah calls himself as 'humane Hindu', criticises BJP

Siddaramaiah calls himself as 'humane Hindu', criticises BJP

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.

Also, Karnataka polls is the second challenge of Rahul Gandhi, after assuming the post of Congress President, after Gujarat polls and Himachal Pradesh, Though in Gujarat, the Congress lost, Rahul was appreciated for better performance.

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

"Rahulji will visit Karnataka from February 10-12 for the first leg of the (poll) campaign", Parameshwara told reporters after the meeting.

Following the meeting, Mr Siddaramaiah said, "Mr Gandhi is very happy with the functioning of the government". 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. "Amit Shah is also raising the same and Prime Minister Narendra Modi may also raise the same issue", Mr Siddaramaiah said while responding to a question about the BJP attack against him on Hindutwa.

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

Rahul met the senior leaders separately and got their views on the current political situation in the state, before meeting the entire delegation and asking them to work together.

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". "But the Congress party is confident of winning the polls", he added.

At the same time, Rahul is learnt to have left strict instructions to party leaders to own defensive posture about Hindutva that is the major issue BJP is banking on, desist from issuing controversial statements about Hindutva and not to project themselves as anti-Hindu.

Gandhi would start his Karnataka tour from Bengaluru and also travel to the other parts of the state, he said, adding, "Various programmes have been lined up on all three days".

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