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). During the course of his three-day visit, Rahul is likely to address meetings, interact with various groups of intellectuals, farmers, women and students in the state. The state is expected to go to the polls in March-April.
Rahul Gandhi has indicated his readiness to launch an intense campaign for the Karnataka Assembly elections, as he had done in Gujarat previous year. The meeting, though prescheduled, came amid a war of words between Siddaramaiah and the BJP over his reported remarks on the BJP and RSS.
Siddaramaiah said the party's poll preparedness was reviewed in detail at the meeting and its strategy chalked out. "We will win the upcoming polls with a comfortable majority", he added.
Referring to the statement made by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah against RSS, BJP and Bajrang Dal, Mr. Anant Kumar said Mr. Siddaramaiah does not know constitutional fundamentals.
"I am also a Hindu, but I'm a Hindu with humanity, they are Hindus without humanity".
Besides Parameshwara, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, state Congress' working presidents S R Patil and Dinesh Gundu Rao, the party's Karnataka in-charge KC Venugopal were also present at the meeting, besides senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, K Rahman Khan, K H Muniyappa, Oscar Fernandes and Veerappa Moily. What they (BJP) are preaching is not Hindutva. Similarly, other parties are also up to some mischief or the other.