As the political slugfest intensifies in poll-bound Karnataka, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday said members of the BJP and RSS were “Hindu terrorists”, a day after he accused the saffron party of “harbouring extremists”.
Talking to the media, the Karnataka CM said: “What I had said was that BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) people are Hindutva terrorists.”
The statement comes a day after Siddaramaiah said the BJP, RSS and Bajrang Dal were harbouring extremists.
Addressing the media in Chamarajnagar, the chief minister had said: “They are also extremists of one kind. BJP, RSS, and Bajrang Dal have extremists. Anybody who spoils communal harmony will not be tolerated.”
Later in the day, BJP chief Amit Shah hit back at the CM and accused him of being anti-Hindu and indulging in vote-bank politics.
At a rally in Holalkere town in Chitradurga district, Shah said: “Over 20 workers of BJP and RSS have been murdered in three years. What was their crime? This government is not even investigating it.”
“This government is practicing vote-bank politics and it is anti-Hindu. It has taken back all the cases against the Social Democratic party of India, an anti-national and fundamentalist organisation,” Shah added.
Assembly elections in Karnataka are likely to be held in May and the BJP is going all guns blazing to oust the Congress from the state and has set itself a target of 150 seats.
The party is planning to launch a two-front attack on the incumbent Congress with Shah along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath consolidating Hindu votes while Modi, with a blitzkrieg of rallies later, will woo the urban voters.
The Congress and the BJP had won 122 and 40 seats respectively in the last assembly polls.