BJP, RSS are 'Hindu extremists': Siddaramaiah

BJP, RSS are 'Hindu extremists': Siddaramaiah

The war of words between the Congress and BJP's "star campaigner" Yogi Adityanath, sparked by the recent exchange of hostilities with Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah during Yogi's visit to the state, escalated in the form an "attack" video on social media that poked fun at the Hindu hardliner. They demanded an apology from the Chief Minister and sought a ban on PFI.

He also hit back at BJP president Amit Shah for his remarks that the Karnataka government was "anti-Hindu".

Mr Siddaramaiah, who came under intense attack from the BJP on Wedne-sday for saying that the party and its fountainhead RSS had "terroris-ts", on Thursday called them "Hindutva extremists".

Mr Siddaramaiah had on Wednesday alleged that the BJP, the RSS and the Bajrang Dal have terrorists within their organisations, a charge rubbished by the saffron party.

Speaking to reporters today, Siddaramaiah said, "I had said they are Hindutva terrorists".

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A day earlier, Adityanath had mocked at Siddaramaiah's assertion about his Hindu credentials to which the latter had said the Hindutva he follows was the legacy of Swami Vivekananda and not Nathuram Godse, assassin of Mahatma Gandhi.

A delegation of the BJP leaders led by former state Law Minister Suresh Kumar met Bengaluru Police Commissioner T Sunil Kumar and filed the complain accusing Mr Siddaramaiah of branding BJP and RSS members as "terrorists".

"I have taken care of cows, I feed them and I have also cleaned cow dung".

"People of Karnataka will decide whether elections can be won by making such statements", he said. "But Amit Shah, whatever gameplan he employs, he will not be able to take the party to majority as people of the state have 'already" made a decision to give Congress another term, ' he claimed.

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