Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] Feb. 15 (ANI): Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde on Thursday took a jibe at Congress President Rahul Gandhi and called him a ‘Khota Hindutvawadi’ (Fake Hindu).

Hegde’s statement comes in the backdrop of Rahul’s visit to temples in Karnataka ahead of the assembly elections.

“For the past 60-70 years the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has been campaigning to make people realise their Hindu origins; at least Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Rahul Gandhi now get it, but you need to practice it and not just say you are a Hindu,” Hegde told ANI.

“Otherwise you are ‘Khota Hindutvawadi’, he added.

Earlier in the week, Congress President had concluded his four-day tour in north Karnataka districts in the first leg of his campaign in the poll-bound state, during which he visited temples, mutts and Dargahs.

He will begin his second phase of the tour in the state from February 24. (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.