PTI, BENGALURU: Keeping up his attack on the BJP and the RSS, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today called them “Hindu extremists” but the saffron party hit back saying it was the Congress which supported separatists. The BJP also dared Siddaramaiah to arrest its as well as RSS leaders. Siddaramaiah, who came under intense attack from the BJP yesterday for saying that the party and its fountainhead RSS had “terrorists”, today called them “Hindutva extremists”.
“I had said Hindutva extremists,” he told reporters in Chamarajanagara when asked about his remarks yesterday, which had stirred a hornet’s nest in the poll-bound state. But, later speaking to reporters in Mysuru, Siddaramaiah said, “I had said they are Hindutva terrorists.
I am also a Hindu, but I’m a Hindu with humanity, they are Hindus without humanity. That is the difference between me and... (them),” he said. He quoted a Kannada proverb to say that “it is like one touching his shoulder to check when called a pumpkin thief,” implying that one with a guilty conscience needs no accuser.
Calling Siddaramaiah “irresponsible” for linking the party built by Atal Bihari Vajpayee with terrorists, BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje today alleged that “if there is terrorism in this country today, Congress is the main reason for it, also for the situation in Kashmir.
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.” Karandlaje also alleged that the Congress had “sheltered, financed and trained” LTTE and its leader Prabhakaran. Siddaramaiah had yesterday alleged that the BJP, the RSS and the Bajrang Dal have terrorists within their organisations, a charge rubbished by the saffron party.