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


He also claimed that there was no anti-incumbency feeling against his government and that the Congress will win a comfortable majority in the assembly elections due in a few months.

"That is Hindutva", Mr Siddaramaiah told reporters after a meeting with Congress president here to discuss the party's preparations for the Karnataka assembly polls, which are likely to be held in April-May.

"He (Gandhi) is very happy with the functioning of the party (in Karnataka) and the (state) government".

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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 apologise for his alleged attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party calling them terrorists.

The meeting, though prescheduled, came amid a war of words between Siddaramaiah and the BJP over his reported remarks on the BJP and RSS. That is the only issue they have. On Friday, a delegation of the BJP leaders led by former state Law Minister Suresh Kumar met Bengaluru Police Commissioner T Sunil Kumar and filed the complain accusing Siddaramaiah of branding BJP and RSS members as "terrorists".

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With the Battle of Karnataka heating up, Congress leaders also make it clear that their campaign will focus on the issue of development only. "That is the difference between me and (them)", he was also quoted as saying on one occasion. "Being a Hindu myself, I follow it with humanity", Siddaramaiah said. Hindu dharma means humane Hindu and not hatred.

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.

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