Rahul to campaign in Karnataka, CM confident of victory

Rahul to campaign in Karnataka, CM confident of victory

The travel plan was decided at a strategy meeting chaired by Rahul on Saturday which was attended by all senior Congress leaders from Karnataka, including chief minister Siddaramaiah.

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

Responding to his recent tussle with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over Hinduism and most-recently, the alleged killing of Hindus, Siddaramaiah claimed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has run out of issues to discuss, and hence are raising irrelevant ones.

"Rahulji will visit Karnataka from 10-12 February for the first leg of the (poll) campaign", Parameshwara told reporters after the meeting. Our government is not facing any anti-incumbency. That is the only issue they have.

"The BJP is raising irrelevant issues in Karnataka".

"Therefore, the chances of winning are very high and I am confident that the party will come back to power again", he said. I said I am also a Hindu but a humane Hindu.

Asked if he would apologise for his remarks as demanded by the BJP, he asked "why".

Venugopal said senior leaders had assured the party president that they would work in "unity" and win the upcoming Karnataka polls.

Karnataka will go to polls later this year with the tenure of the current state assembly ending in May.

The meeting comes in the wake of a verbal duel between Mr Siddaramaiah and BJP president Amit Shah.

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