CM Siddaramaiah after meeting Congress President Rahul Gandhi


Besides Parameshwara, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, state Congress' working presidents S R Patil and Dinesh Gundu Rao, the party's Karnataka in-charge KC Venugopal were also present at the meeting, besides senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, K Rahman Khan, K H Muniyappa, Oscar Fernandes and Veerappa Moily.

"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.

After the meeting, the chief minister told reporters that there was "no anti-incumbency" against his government and the party will win a comfortable majority in the Assembly elections due in a few months. "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", ANI quoted him as saying.

The State government also came under attack for what the BJP activists said was a collapse of law and order situation and instead of reining in troublemakers, the Chief Minister was content accusing the BJP of fomenting tension, the activists said.

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They demanded an immediate apology from the Congress party for calling the BJP and its affiliates terrorists. They are raising irrelevant issues. "They will teach a lesson to organizations that try to spark unrest among them, sow seeds of communalism and hate people of another religion in the name of dharma".

Mr. Siddaramaiah has spread falsehood against the BJP for reaping political gains, said the activists.

The Karnataka polls are expected to be held in March- April.

Meanwhile at the Malavalli helipad, the Chief Minister said he was going to Delhi on Saturday to discuss the coming state elections with the central leadership.