Karnataka home minister defends CM Siddaramaiah's 'terror' jibe at BJP-RSS

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and KPCC president Dr G. Parameshwar at an event in Kodagu on Tuesday

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and KPCC president Dr G. Parameshwar at an event in Kodagu on Tuesday

Siddaramaiah, who came under intense attack from the BJP yesterday for saying that the party and its fountainhead RSS had "terrorists", today called them "Hindutva extremists". He had said that there are terrorists in the BJP and RSS as well, when questioned about the PFI.

The Chief Minister had earlier said, "They are themselves like terrorists in a way".

But, later speaking to reporters in Mysuru, Siddaramaiah said, "I had said they are Hindutva terrorists".

The complaint has been filed by BJP Karnataka Spokesperson S Sureshkumar and State President PN Sadashiva filed complaint against CM Siddaramaiah and Dinesh Gundu Rao for making inflammatory and derogatory statement on BJP amounting to Defamatory and Criminal Acts under Indian Penal Code (IPC).

On Sunday, the Karnataka chief minister, in a tweet, had suggested that Adityanath, who was in Bengaluru to attend the Nav Karnataka Parivartan Rally, visit one of the Indira canteens in the city to address the "issue of starvation" in his state. Also claiming that those in the opposition are heartless Hindus, while he is a Hindu with a heart. He wondered how the chief minister could afford a watch worth Rs 70 lakh. "We need to be in jail, and hence this jail bharo programme", she said.

Citing a spate of killings of Hindu activists in the state, particularly in the coastal Dakshina Kannada district, the BJP has been demanding a ban on Islamist outfit PFI and its political wing Social Democratic Part of India (SDPI) holding them responsible for it.

Addressing the Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivartana Yatre in Chitradurga, Shah said, "The Siddaramaiah Government is indulging in vote bank politics; it is an anti-Hindu government".

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