Siddaramaiah clarifies on BJP-RSS terror remark, says he meant 'Hindutva extremists'

Chief minister Siddaramaiah and the Congress party seem confident of retaining power a feat not achieved in many decades in Karnataka

Chief minister Siddaramaiah and the Congress party seem confident of retaining power a feat not achieved in many decades in Karnataka

The Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday said it will file a criminal defamation case against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for accusing the party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh of "harbouring extremists", The Hindu reported.

Siddaramaiah made the remarks on Wednesday after the BJP called on the state government to ban the Popular Front of India after a National Investigation Agency court charged five members of the organisation and its affiliate - the Social Democratic Party of India - with the murder of an RSS worker, the Hindustan Times reported. "Because he wont speak anything of this kind if he has no intelligence input", Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan told reporters here.

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". "BJP, RSS and Bajarang Dal also have terrorists within", he said, escalating his raging war of words with the opposition party in the state that is due for elections later this year".

Referring to certain controversial remarks of BJP MPs Pratap Simha and Shobha Karandlage and Union minister Ananth Kumar Hegde, Reddy said looking at all this, it was clear that the intention of these people was to disturb peace in the society. I am also a Hindu, but Im a Hindu with humanity, they are Hindus without humanity. That is the difference between me and.

Supporting the CM's stand, Congress working President Dinesh Gundu Rao went a step ahead and said that BJP should be banned in Karnataka as they are trying to invoke communalism in the state. How he does that is his angle. Lashing at Amit Shah for his recent statements against Siddaramaiah government, Ivan said, "Who is Amit Shah to ask on utilization of central sanctions?"

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.

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