Terrorists yesterday, extremists today: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah's U-turn

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

With the poll battle flaring up in Karnataka, few members of the Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP filed a complaint against state Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao. The attack comes a day after Siddaramaiah had alleged the Sangh has terrorists within its organisations, a charge rubbished by the BJP. "In my opinion, whoever spread hate and incites violence is a terrorist". "BJP is the largest political party in the world, administering 19 state governments and the central government, and it does not deserve such epithets". They have started Hindutva, but my Hinduism is one with a humane face and their is one devoid of it.

Addressing a rally in Chitradurga district on Wednesday, Shah charged the government with perpetrating atrocities against BJP and RSS workers, claiming 20 of them were killed in the state over the last three years. I am also a Hindu, but I'm a Hindu with humanity, they are Hindus without humanity.

Terrorists yesterday, extremists today: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah's U-turn

BJP Karnataka tweeted "CM Siddramaiah is desperately trying to polarise elections on communal lines by calling BJP-RSS terror organizations". That is the difference between me and...

After joining the Congress, Mr. Vijayshankar said he would also brief the media to expose certain leaders of the BJP, with which he was associated for more than two decades. BJP retorted in the same breath by saying the Congress were supporters of separatists and dared the Siddaramaiah government to arrest its leaders.

Accusing the Congress of having supported and encouraging the Khalistan movement, she said, "we have lost several officers, soldiers, leaders and also prime minister because of it".

"They have withdrawn all cases against the SDPI, which is an anti-India organization and should be abolished".

Congress spokesperson, Tom Vadakkan, in reply to questions raised by media persons on this issue at New Delhi on Thursday, sought to justify Siddaramaiah's action. Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath were recently involved in a spat, and the arguments put were mostly about Hindutva, cows and crime.

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