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

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"(Prime Minister) Narendra Modi may also raise the same issue because they have no issues there".

Siddaramaiah was accompanied by several other senior party leaders from the state. "It will be a battle of two ideologies - secularism and communalism", Siddaramaiah told reporters after the meeting. Karnataka is likely to witness election in April-May.

Siddaramaiah said the party's poll preparedness was reviewed in detail at the meeting and its strategy chalked out. He said the Congress would win a comfortable majority in the assembly polls due in a few months.

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Less than 24 hours after a complaint was filed by the BJP against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and KPCC Working President with the Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru, the BJP led by MP Shobha Karandlaje and other senior leaders protested at the Mysore Bank Circle courting arrest. I have only said they spread hatred in the name of Hindutva. "That will not work". He also trashed the BJP campaign and its president Amit Shah's description of his government as anti-Hindu, saying they had nothing to talk about "and are raising irrelevant issues".

In more embarrassment for the BJP, it was alleged at Chikkaballpura that a large number of women had participated in the rally there only because they were promised free saris and money.

BJP Chief Amit Shah, who has increased his frequency of visits to the state after successive victories in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, has asked the local BJP leadership to keep up pressure on the state government and strengthen grassroots levels workers and conduct outreach programmes. "Being a Hindu myself, I follow it with humanity", Siddaramaiah said. "But the Congress party is confident of winning the polls", he added.

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