CM Siddaramaiah meets Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Delhi

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

After taking over as the Congress chief, Rahul Gandhi will visit Karnataka for the first time for three days from February 10 to add vigour to the party's campaign to retain power in the state.

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

"This (election) will not be a battle between me and (BS) Yeddyurappa. Chief Minister has named me as a terrorist, because I'm RSS", Kumar said in a tweet in Kannada.

"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.

Rahul Gandhi has indicated his readiness to launch an intense campaign for the Karnataka Assembly elections, as he had done in Gujarat past year. In the meeting, he is said to have told them to work in a united manner for the party's victory.

Our government is not facing any anti-incumbency.

Congress secretary incharge Karnataka Madhu Goud Yashki added, "So far, we have decided that Rahul ji will address a big public meeting in Bangalore".


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

Unity must be the mantra, defend Siddaramaiah whenever BJP targets him on any issue. "Being a Hindu myself, I follow it with humanity", Siddaramaiah said.

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.

"The BJP is trying to polarise the people because they have no other slogan or programme".

Calling Siddaramaiah "irresponsible" for linking the party built by Atal Bihari Vajpayee with terrorists, BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje on Thursday alleged that "if there is terrorism in this country today, Congress is the main reason for it, also for the situation in Kashmir".

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

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