Joining the ongoing war of words between Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah and his UP counterpart, KPCC president G Parameshwara said his party respects Hindu monks (Swamis) and Adityanath is said to be one "but does not have qualities Swamis have."
"We don't know what to call him (Adityanath). He is a Swami. We have respect for Swamis and address them with prefixof Sri Sri Sri but we don't see any merits of a Swami in YogiAdityanath," he said.
Hitting out Adityanath, he said "Why are you talking about Siddaramaiah's food habits. You want to provoke communal passsions in people. You want to use cow slaughter and beef as weapons."
Parameshwara said the personal remarks were not only uncalled for butalso were "unconstitutional."
"A chief minister should not makepersonal attack on his counterpart," he said.
Stating that Karnataka does not require any lessons from Uttar Pradesh on development, he alleged that communal clashes, crime rate and child mortality were high in Uttar Pradesh compared to any other state.
He said the Congress believed in "inclusive Hindutva" asagainst the "hardline Hindutva" of BJP.
Parameshwara said Rahul Gandhi's visit to temples wasbeing projected by BJP as the "Congress' soft Hindutva."
"All our leaders used to go to the temples, which we never boasted of. We believe only in inclusive Hindutva," he said.
"Essence of Hindutva lies in taking everybody along. I ask BJP who made them custodians of Hinduism? Aren't there Hindus in other parties too," the leader said.
About ticket distribution process for assembly polls, he said the party is preparing a list of winnable candidates.
The party was also obtaining performance reports of sitting MLAs, based on which a decision will be taken whether to give them another chance to contest the assembly elections.
A day earlier, Adityanath had mocked at Siddaramaiah's assertion about his Hindu credentials to which the Karnataka chief minister had said the Hindutva he follows was the legacy of Swami Vivekananda and not Nathuram Godse, assassin of Mahatma Gandhi.
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