The Congress president Rahul Gandhi will launch the election campaign for the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 on February 10, said Congress Chief G Parameshwara.
Rahul Gandhi will pay a three-day visit to Karnataka from February 10-12 for the first leg of assembly election’s campaign in the state.
Parameshwara was in the national capital to attend a meeting called by Gandhi to review the party’s preparedness and discuss its strategy with senior leaders in the run-up to the Karnataka polls.
The Karnataka polls are expected to be held in March- April. The Election Commission (EC) is yet to announce the poll dates for the 225-member state assembly.
“Rahulji will visit Karnataka from 10-12 February for the first leg of the (poll) campaign,” Parameshwara told reporters after the meeting.
“He (Gandhi) will be addressing meetings and interacting with various groups of intellectuals, farmers, women, and students during his visit to Karnataka,” state Congress chief G. Parameshwara said.
Earlier in the day, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah met Rahul at his Delhi residence. A host of Congress leaders from the state accompanied him to the national capital.
Talking to reporters after his meet with the Congress president, Siddaramaiah said that there was “no anti-incumbency” against his government. “Rahul Gandhi was very happy to know that there is no anti-incumbency against our govt and that all programmes that were mentioned in our manifesto have been completed.”
“We, senior leaders including the KPCC President and General Secretary in charge and secretaries, are confident that the Congress party will come back to power on its own with a comfortable majority,” Siddaramaiah told reporters after the meeting in New Delhi.
Besides Parameshwara, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, state Congress’ working presidents SR Patil and Dinesh Gundu Rao, the party’s Karnataka in-charge KC Venugopal were also present at the meeting, senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, K Rahman Khan, KH Muniyappa, Oscar Fernandes and Veerappa Moily.
The Chief Minister refused to apologize for his alleged attack on the BJP calling them terrorists. 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”.
Asked about the BJP’s attack on him on Hindutva issues, Siddaramaiah said: “The BJP has no issues. They are raising irrelevant issues. (Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister) Yogi Adityanath is also raising the same issue. Amit Shah is also raising the same issue. (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi may also raise the same issue because they have no issues there.
Punjab and Karnataka are the only two big states in the country which are ruled by the Congress.