Siddaramaiah's remarks came in response to a query on the action the government proposed to take against the PFI after the National Investigation Agency named its members as accused in the murder of RSS worker R Rudresh.
Countering allegations that certain allies of the Congress party were associated with controversial outfit Popular Front of India, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said that the Bharatiya Janata Party and the RSS also contained “extremist elements”.
“BJP, RSS, Bajrang Dal have extremist elements, govt will not leave those who disturb peace, we will not tolerate it. Doesn’t matter if it is SDPI or Bajrang Dal, whichever organisation it is, we will not tolerate it,” Siddaramaiah told reporters on Wednesday.
The CM’s comment came on a question on the line of action of the government against the PFI after the National Investigation Agency named PFI members as accused in the murder of RSS worker R Rudresh.
As pert the NIA chargesheet, the five accused members of PFI and its affiliated political organization the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) planned to target two RSS workers in uniform “to strike terror among the members of that organisation.”
The remark assumes significance in view of the BJP’s persistent allegations of the role of PFI and SDPI in the killing of several RSS workers in the state. The BJP and Congress are sparring over the PFI and SDPI and their alleged involvement in the murder of Hindu activists.
BJP, RSS, Bajrang Dal have extremist elements, govt will not leave those who disturb peace, we will not tolerate it, doesn’t matter if it is SDPI or Bajrang Dal, which ever organisation it is, we will not tolerate it: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah pic.twitter.com/mWBO76MdJT
— ANI (@ANI) January 10, 2018
While the BJP blames the Congress of encouraging violence by supporting these two organisations, the Congress shot back saying it was the BJP that stood to benefit from the division of votes due to the presence of SDPI in multiple polls.
The remark is also important in view of the upcoming elections in the state later this year where the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in the state will be looking to retain power in the face of an aggressive BJP.
The saffron party has sent Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath as its star campaigner in a bid to woo Hindu voters. In a remarkable shift, even Siddaramaiah has begun to openly identify himself as a Hindu.