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No anti-incumbency in Karnataka, we'll win: Siddaramaiah post Rahul meeting

The Chief Minister refused to apologise for his alleged attack on the BJP calling them terrorists

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Siddaramaiah, Karnataka
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After meeting President along with party leaders from his state, Karnataka on Saturday claimed that there was no anti-incumbency feeling against his government and the party will win a comfortable majority in the Assembly elections due in a few months.

The refused to apologise for his alleged attack on the calling them terrorists. He also trashed the 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".

"is very happy with the functioning of the government. He is very happy that our government has no anti-incumbency. He is very happy to know that all promises made to the people in the (last election) manifesto have been fulfilled," told reporters here.

"We, senior leaders including the KPCC President and General Secretary in charge and secretaries, are confident that the party will come back to power on its own with a comfortable majority."

Asked about the BJP's attack on him on Hindutva issues, said: "The has no issues. They are raising irrelevant issues. (Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister) Yogi Adityanath is also raising the same issue. is also raising the same issue. (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi may also raise the same issue because they have no issues there."

To a question about his alleged attack on the and its leaders as terrorists, he said: "I did not say terrorists. I have only said they spread hatred in the name of Hindutva.

I said I am also a Hindu but a humane Hindu. Hindu dharma means humane Hindu and not hatred. That is Hindutva."

Asked if he would apologise for his remarks, he asked "why".

had called him for the meeting along with senior leaders of the party including the Karanata chief, working president, Malikarjun Kharge, Veerappa Moily, K. H. Muniappa, Oscar Fernandes and party in charge of Karnataka K.

Venugopal told reporters that the leaders gave an assurance that they would all work united for the success of the party in the Assembly elections.

The meeting came in the wake of a verbal duel between and President Karnataka is likely to witness election in April-May.

had called the and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) "Hindutva extremists", while Shah had termed his government in Karnataka "anti-Hindu".

Gandhi had earlier warned his party leaders from making remarks which are unwarranted and personal.

First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 15:55 IST
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