All for votes? BJP, Congress leaders remember Basaveshwara; Amit Shah faces protest

Rahul Gandhi hits out at BJP chief Amit Shah

Rahul Gandhi hits out at BJP chief Amit Shah

He was forced to resign as chief minister in 2011 over graft charges, following which he quit the party to form his own outfit, Karnataka Janata Paksha, which failed to make a mark except to cause damage to the BJP's prospects in the 2013 polls.

BJP chief Amit Shah on Wednesday accused the Congress of having defamed the country in the name of "saffron terror and Hindu terror" and demanded apology from party chief Rahul Gandhi following acquittal of five right-wing activists in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tributes at the bust of the saint at Albert Embankment Gardens in London and also uploaded a video of the same on his Twitter handle. Now the elections are due in the 15th state of Karnataka. Now Congress says we never used these words.

Addressing a gathering here, the BJP chief slammed the Congress and alleged that its party leaders often used the said terms in the past, but now deny doing so.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is expected to file his nomination tomorrow for Chamundeshwari seat. Basavanna is a 12th-century Lingayat philosopher, poet and social reformer.

Prior to Shah garlanding Basaveshwarasa's statue, Lingayat community members staged a protest against Shah near Chalukya circle.

However, before his arrival, the police arrested several from the community and dispersed the protesters from the location. However, CM Siddaramaiah's move on recommending a minority religion status for Lingayats just weeks ahead of the May 12 election, has put BJP in a "Catch 22" situation.

Win in Karnataka would be a huge psychological thing for the Congress which would then plot to upset the BJP's apple-cart in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh where Assembly polls are to be held by year-end.