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

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

Mr. Anant Kumar alleged that Mr. Siddaramaiah is scared that BJP will win 150 seats in the coming Assembly elections in the State. Rahul asked Congress leaders from Karnataka to focus more on booth committees and strengthening the party from that level.

Gandhi is scheduled to launch the first leg of his party's poll campaign in Karnataka on February 10.

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During his discussions in Delhi with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, KPCC president G Parameshwara and other senior party leaders, Rahul is said to have focused on strategies to counter BJP, which is making Hindutva a strong poll issue.

"Rahul Gandhi was very happy to know that there is no anti-incumbency against our govt, and that all programmes that were mentioned in our manifesto have been completed", ANI quoted him as saying.

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Mr Siddaramaiah said the BJP was raising irrelevant issues.

Siddaramaiah, who came under intense attack from the BJP for his controversial remarks, however, later called them "Hindutva extremists". "Being a Hindu myself, I follow it with humanity", Siddaramaiah said.

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Also, Karnataka polls is the second challenge of Rahul Gandhi, after assuming the post of Congress President, after Gujarat polls and Himachal Pradesh, Though in Gujarat, the Congress lost, Rahul was appreciated for better performance. 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". UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is raising the same issue.