Secularism will fight communalism in Karnataka election: Siddaramaiah

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Rahul asked Congress leaders from Karnataka to focus more on booth committees and strengthening the party from that level.

The complaint said Siddaramaiah who is "nervous about losing" in the state polls, has made "a baseless, false, frivolous and derogatory" statement which had not only defamed the party, but also incited groups and classes of the society against it. He has agreed to undertake a three-day tour of the state beginning February 10, and to launch electioneering by his party for assembly election by addressing a mega convention of party workers being convened in the city on February 12.

The BJP leaders, who staged a protest in Bengaluru against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for his remarks on RSS and Bajrang Dal, were on Saturday detained by the police. It will not be a contest between me and (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi.

The ruling Congress party of the state thinks that it can retain the power in the state, on the contrary, the Amit Shah led BJP has already started an all out attack on Congress based on alleged corruption, misappropriation of funds and recent killings of right-wing workers in the state.

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This was the first meeting called by the Congress president in the Karnataka polls after last month's Gujarat Assembly election. In the meeting, he is said to have told them to work in a united manner for the party's victory.

Following the meeting, Mr Siddaramaiah said, "Mr Gandhi is very happy with the functioning of the government. We will concentrate only on the issue of development and we will highlight what we have done for them and what Central Govt hasn't done for the betterment of Karnataka".

The BJP has also deployed its star campaigner, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, in the state for poll campaigns. "They will teach a lesson to organisations that try to spark unrest among them, sow seeds of communalism and hate people of another religion in the name of dharma". "I said I am a Hindu but a humane Hindu", he recalled.

Mr Siddaramaiah said the BJP was raising irrelevant issues.

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