Rahul Karnataka campaign

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi has indicated his readiness to launch an intense campaign for the Karnataka Assembly elections, as he had done in Gujarat last year.

The Congress president's first three-day tour of the southern state will begin on February 10.

The travel plan was decided at a strategy meeting chaired by Rahul on Saturday which was attended by all senior Congress leaders from Karnataka, including chief minister Siddaramaiah.

Steps to counter the BJP's possible attempts to create communal tension ahead of the polls in September were also discussed.

Siddaramaiah said after the meeting: "Rahul Gandhi was very happy to know that there is no anti-incumbency against our government and that all programmes mentioned in our manifesto have been completed."

Asked about the issue of Hindutva, the chief minister accused the BJP of highlighting "irrelevant issues".

"The BJP is raising irrelevant issues in Karnataka. That is the only issue they have. (Uttar Pradesh chief minister) Yogi Adityanath and (BJP president) Amit Shah are also raising the same issue and Narendra Modi might do the same," Siddaramaiah added.


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