"The BJP will fight upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka under BS Yeddyurappa's leadership", Rajnath Singh said. But I also want to ask him - did the fire of communalism, terrorism and naxalism in India erupt due to BJP's policies?
Besides the party's state unit president BS Yeddyurappa, party's central ministers from the state DV Sadananda Gowda and Ananth Kumar, thousands of party's cadres and supporters participated in the rally. "Let Rahul Gandhi know that it is BJP which is trying to douse the fire lit by Congress", Mr Singh said.
Addressing a party rally in Bengaluru, Singh posed several questions to Rahul Gandhi who made the charge against the BJP in his first speech after formally taking over as Congress President on Saturday.
Accusing the Congress Party and its leadership in the state of indulging in corruption, Rajnath alleged that the grand old party is indulging in "divide and rule" in the state and causing communal disharmony by involving caste and other related factors. Rajnath Singh addressed a gathering the Karnataka capital as part of the BJP's Parivartan Yatra in the state. "When the whole world is admiring Modi, who are you to talk about him in an insulting way?" the former chief minister said.
"The Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh election results (on Monday) will prove it again".
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Lashing out at the present state government over the lack of action being taken following the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, Rajnath assured that if a BJP-led state government is formed, miscreants will not be spared, and laws would be more stringent. "They defame, we respect and defend". They break, we unite. Gauri Lankesh was killed. "We won't shield anyone", Rajnath Singh said.
Ms Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified assailants here in September, leading to a national outrage. I want to assure Karnataka's people that when our government is formed in the state, we will probe her death from all angles. His body was found near a lake in Honnavar in Uttar Kannada district on the night of December 8 under mysterious circumstances.
"The Congress government here wants to divide Karnataka community to rule".
Singh said the Karnataka government gave reservations to Muslims, even though there was no such provision in the Constitution.
In the run-up to the assembly election, due in April-May 2018, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) embarked on a three-month-long, state-wide rally on November 2 to bring the party back to power on the plank of building a new state and changing its fortunes.