Siddaramaiah calls himself as 'humane Hindu', criticises BJP


Though both parties are yet to launch official campaign a tirade of allegation and counter allegation by both parties have put Karnataka polls on the centre of national politics.

Siddaramaiah's comments quickly escalated into a raging controversy with the BJP filing a complaint against the Chief Minister and and state Congress working president Dinesh Gundu Rao for making derogatory statements against the party.

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.

Siddaramaiah said the party's poll preparedness was reviewed in detail at the meeting and its strategy chalked out.

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

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According to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, the upcoming Assembly polls in the state would be a battle between two ideologies - communalism and secularism.

Meanwhile, Mallikarjun Kharge added, "We are not seeking a certificate from Yogi Adityanath". 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".

"They (BJP) are following (Hindutva) sans humanity". "I said I am a Hindu but a humane Hindu", he recalled. In the meeting, he is said to have told them to work in a united manner for the party's victory.

"The BJP has no other issues".