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

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

He also denied that there was an anti-incumbency factor for the Congress and said the party would retain power in the southern state by winning the polls with a "comfortable majority".

The BJP also dared Siddaramaiah to arrest its as well as RSS leaders.

"He (Gandhi) will be addressing meetings and interacting with various groups of intellectuals, farmers, women and students during his visit to Karnataka", state Congress chief G. Parameshwara said.

Asked about the BJP's attack on him on Hindutva issues, Siddaramaiah said: "The BJP has no issues".

In a no-holds-barred attack, Siddaramaiah had on January 10 alleged that the BJP, RSS and Bajrang Dal had terrorists within their organisations, a charge rubbished by the saffron party. "The BJP has no other issues".

According to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, the upcoming Assembly polls in the state would be a battle between two ideologies - communalism and secularism. Alleging that Rao has said BJP was like a terrorist organisation, it said this was "baseless, malicious, derogatory, defamatory and false".

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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". Hindu dharma means humane Hindu and not hatred. "The BJP will fight in the court and on the streets till Mr. Siddaramaiah apologises".

Going by a senior leader, Mr Gandhi, who gave pep talk to state leaders based on his recent experience in Gujarat, felt the party would have won in that state if it had a robust booth level network and directed them to make sure it existed in Karnataka.

He said that his party will approach the court of law against Mr. Siddaramaiah and that he has to apologise in the court for his derogatory remarks against RSS and BJP.

Siddaramaiah had called the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) "Hindutva extremists", while Shah had termed his government in Karnataka "anti-Hindu".

The party leaders staged a dharna at the Mysuru Bank circle in the heart of Bengaluru and blocked the road.

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