The former Chief Minister and chairman of the coalition government’s coordination committee Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said the politics of Hindutva and “misinformation campaign” by the BJP, coupled with the failure of the Congress to counter them, had caused the party’s defeat in the 2018 Legislative Assembly elections.

At a programme where Dinesh Gundu Rao took charge as Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president, Mr. Siddaramaiah said his government had done good work in the last five years but failed to get the majority owing to false information provided to voters by the BJP at the booth level.

He said Congress leaders did not make sincere efforts to counter the BJP propaganda.

The Modi government at the Centre had not delivered on many promises made five years ago. The Congress should win at least 20 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in the State by effectively countering the BJP’s campaign, Mr. Siddaramaiah said.

Outgoing KPCC president G. Parameshwara handed over the party president’s charge to Mr. Rao by symbolically handing over the party’s flag. MLA and former Minister Eshwar B. Khandre took charge as working president of the KPCC. All top leader of the party attended the programme.

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