‘BJP, RSS workers are like terrorists’! Siddaramaiah triggers row before Karnataka polls, may face defamation suit

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New Delhi | Updated: January 11, 2018 3:08:35 PM

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, on Wednesday, flared up a controversy by comparing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bajrang Dal members to terrorists

BJP hitsback on Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah ?terrorist? remark

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, on Wednesday, flared up a controversy by comparing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bajrang Dal members to terrorists. He said, “BJP and RSS have terrorist elements.” Today, coming out more clearly on his earlier remark, he said, “What I had said was that BJP and RSS people are Hindutva terrorists.” Now, as per media reports, the BJP will file a defamation suit against the Congress for comparing its party workers to terrorists. Reacting sharply on CM’s remark, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, while addressing a media gathering, said, “If we (BJP party members) are terrorists, why are we out in the open in Karnataka, why don’t you (Siddaramaiah) jail us all.” Calling CM’s statements, a desperate attempt to woo Muslim vote-bank, Patra said, “If Siddaramaiah thinks that standing for ‘Hindutva’ is being a terrorist, then this is very unfortunate.”

He also pointed fingers at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, asking, “Why the temple-run by Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat.” He added that all Siddaramaiah wants is to spread hate against BJP in the name of saffron terror and attacked him saying, “The statement of Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has reiterated Congress’s policy of appeasement and its hatred towards Hindus.”

Earlier, responding to a question on the BJP’s demand for a ban on Islamic outfit Popular Front of India (PFI), which is accused of involvement in the recent murder of Hindu worker Deepak Rao in Surathkal, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, “RSS and Bajrang Dal members are also like terrorists.” On banning PFI, Siddaramaiah said there was no proper evidence to fix the outfit. “The government will not tolerate disruption of peace and harmony by any organisation, be it the PFI, Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), RSS, Bajrang Dal, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and others,” he added.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) working president Dinesh Gundu Rao had also attacked the BJP saying the saffron party will have to be banned along with outfits such as PFI and SDPI.

“BJP’s Shobha Karandlaje demands a ban on SDPI and PFI. The government has made arrests in cases where they were involved. But if the same rule is applied, we’ll have to ban the BJP, the Bajrang Dal and the Sangh Parivar. Your activists are getting involved in murders. What’s your answer?” Rao asked, during a protest organised by Congress-backed National Students Union of India.

Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah, speaking at the “Parivartana Yatre” said, “Siddaramaiah govt is anti-Hindu that indulges in vote bank politics. More than 20 BJP-RSS workers have been murdered in three years but the government has withdrawn all cases against the perpetrators belonging to anti-national fundamentalist organisation SDPI.”

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