The BJP says Santosh was putting flags and buntings for a party rally to be held in the city on Sunday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to attend the rally that's part of the party's 'Parivartan Yatra'.
"Another BJP karyakarta is killed in Karnataka. This isn't just political violence, this is political terrorism, the same kind that we see in Pakistan," tweeted the BJP's Karnataka unit.
Citing "rivalry" as the reason for the killing, police said there was a dispute between Santosh and Wasim for the past three months. "They had various issues, one of them was the sale of ganja by the accused," said Deputy Commissioner of Police C Rathore.
Security has been increased in the area and the case has been handed over to the city crime branch. "The proper reason or motive of the murder will be known only after the investigation," said home minister Ramlinga Reddy.
The RSS and BJP claim that 23 of their workers have been killed during the years of Congress rule. The state government denies this and says personal enmity or other reasons were behind at least some of those murders. Karnataka votes in a few months from now.
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