Karnataka polls: Ahead of official campaign, parties busy shaping strategies

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

The former Minister C.H. Vijayshankar, who quit the BJP more than two months ago, will be joining the Congress in the presence of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G. Parameshwara in Bengaluru on January 19. "They are raising irrelevant issues. Amit Shah is also raising the same and Prime Minister Narendra Modi may also raise the same issue", Mr Siddaramaiah said while responding to a question about the BJP attack against him on Hindutwa.

The Karnataka polls are expected to be held in March- April.

But, later speaking to reporters in Mysuru, Siddaramaiah said, "I had said they are Hindutva terrorists".

He quoted a Kannada proverb to say that "it is like one touching his shoulder to check when called a pumpkin thief", implying that one with a guilty conscience needs no accuser.

MLK legacy passed on at annual scholarship breakfast
He spent the a year ago of his life condemning what he called the "triple evils" of racism, poverty and war. Martin Luther King Jr . are planned Sunday in Chico, and Monday in Oroville and Paradise.

At the same time, Rahul is learnt to have left strict instructions to party leaders to own defensive posture about Hindutva that is the major issue BJP is banking on, desist from issuing controversial statements about Hindutva and not to project themselves as anti-Hindu. Similarly, other parties are also up to some mischief or the other.

The year 2018 going to witness an assembly poll, which is a prestigious Assembly poll for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indian National Congress (INC). "BJP, RSS and Bajarang Dal also have terrorists within", he had said, triggering a war of words between the ruling Congress and the saffron party ahead of the upcoming assembly polls. "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".

Asked if he would apologise for his remarks as demanded by the BJP, he asked "why". "Chief Minister has named me as a terrorist, because I'm RSS", Kumar said in a tweet in Kannada.

Coming out in defence of CM Siddaramaiah's "Hindu terror" remarks, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said those who created an atmosphere of terror in the society were called terrorists.

Latest News