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

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Gandhi is scheduled to launch the first leg of his party's poll campaign in Karnataka on 10 February.

Talking to reporters after his meet with the Congress president, Siddaramaiah said that there was "no anti-incumbency" against his government. "We will win the upcoming polls with a comfortable majority", he added. Our government is not facing any anti-incumbency.

According to Siddaramaiah, the Congress had not only honoured all the promises it had made in its manifesto for the previous state polls, but "even some of the programmes not in the manifesto were implemented".

The chief minister refused to apologize for his alleged attack on the BJP calling them terrorists.

Less than 24 hours after a complaint was filed by the BJP against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and KPCC Working President with the Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru, the BJP led by MP Shobha Karandlaje and other senior leaders protested at the Mysore Bank Circle courting arrest. They are raising irrelevant issues.

The BJP has also deployed its star campaigner, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, in the state for poll campaigns. It will not be a contest between me and (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi.

Challenging Siddaramaiah, Karandlaje said, "I am BJP, I am RSS". I have only said they spread hatred in the name of Hindutva. "Being a Hindu myself, I follow it with humanity", Siddaramaiah said. Hindu dharma means humane Hindu and not hatred.

Venugopal said the leaders gave an assurance that they would all work united for the success of the party in the Assembly elections.

The timing of the meeting is significant, given the imminent Assembly elections in Karnataka.

Siddaramaiah's "Hindutva extremists" remark has stirred a hornet's nest in the poll-bound state.

Gandhi had earlier warned his party leaders from making remarks which are unwarranted and personal.

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