Karnataka election will be battle between communalism and secularism, says Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah

On Saturday, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi called a meeting at New Delhi, and the leaders from the state including Siddaramaiah discussed the party's poll preparedness and the strategy to be adopted for the upcoming assembly polls. It will not be a contest between me and (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi.

Karnataka Congress president G Parameshwara, working presidents SR 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. "It will be a battle of two ideologies - secularism and communalism", Siddaramaiah told reporters after the meeting.

The timing of the meeting is significant, given the imminent Assembly elections in Karnataka. "We will win the upcoming polls with a comfortable majority", he added. "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. He is very happy that our government has no anti-incumbency feeling to face.

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The BJP today staged a demonstration here against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for his remarks branding members of the party and RSS as "terrorists". I have only said they spread hatred in the name of Hindutva. They are not Hindus, they lack humanity.

To a question about his alleged attack on the BJP and its leaders as terrorists, he said: "I did not say terrorists". I said I am also a Hindu but a humane Hindu.

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.

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