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Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: BJP imposing hate agenda to win polls, says Congress


The Congress on Thursday alleged the BJP was playing a "hate card" in poll-bound Karnataka as the saffron party is "bereft" of issues.

Dinesh Gundu Rao

Countering the charge, the BJP said the Congress was worried about the party in the southern state. Both BJP and Congress also exuded confidence to win the Karnataka polls due later this year.

Karnataka Congress Working President Dinesh Gundu Rao said that BJP was propagating the "agenda of hate" in the southern state as they don't have any substantive issues to raise.

"Karnataka, we are going to win for sure. The ground reality is that. The BJP is getting desperate. That's why you are seeing the hate agenda which they are trying to impose on Karnataka," Rao said at the India Today South Conclave here.

He accused the BJP of following a "hate agenda" in the Congress-ruled Karnataka."The desperation is on the BJP side.

Because, they are bereft of issues. They do not know what to do in Karnataka. Because, they are not able to... get us on our work, on our development, performance," he said.

Alleging that the BJP's only card is a hate agenda, the Congress leader said a "radical version" of Hindutva was being played in certain pockets of Karnataka.

"So, the only card which they have is the hate agenda. The limits that they are going to now, is very extreme," he said.

Rao expressed confidence that the Congress would do well in other southern states as well.

Telangana BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said his party would surely win the Karnataka polls.

"We will win Karnataka. That is why Gundu Rao ji is so worried. That is why they say ban the BJP...," he said.

Karnataka Assembly Election dates
Date of notification April 17
Last date to file nominations April 24
Last date to withdraw nominations April 27
Date of polling May 12
Date of counting May 15


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