India: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah compares BJP, RSS to terrorists, says violence won’t be tolerated

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Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah. Source: PTI

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, on Wednesday, compared BJP and RSS to terrorists. He said that anyone who tries to disrupt social harmony is a terrorist.

“BJP, RSS and Bajrang Dal are like terrorists. Government would not tolerate anyone who tries to disturb peace in the society. Be it PFI, SDPI or VHP RSS,” said Siddaramaiah.

Supporting the CM’s stand, Congress working President Dinesh Gundu Rao went a step ahead and said that BJP should be banned in Karnataka as they are trying to invoke communalism in the state.

BJP Karnataka, however, hit back at Siddaramaiah and blamed him for polarising the voters in the state ahead of the elections.

BJP Karnataka tweeted “CM Siddramaiah is desperately trying to polarise elections on communal lines by calling BJP-RSS terror organizations. While Congress Working President Dinesh Gundu Rao calls for ban of BJP. What they don’t realize is India is not in 1975 and Indira Gandhi is not the Prime Minister today.”

Meanwhile, Congress student wing NSUI protested condemning the act of a BJP youth leader who allegedly harassed a 20-year-old girl Dhanyashree in Chickmangalore which lead her to commit suicide.

MV Anil, local BJP leader was arrested by the district police as he allegedly harassed Dhanya blaming her for being friendly with a man of another religion.

Police are on a look out for four more in the same case who are from different right from groups in coastal Karnataka.


BJP president Amit Shah, and BJP’s Karnataka chief BS Yeddyurappa along with other state leaders during the Parivartan Yatra in Chitradurga on Wednesday.(PTI)
The Congress and BJP on Wednesday traded charges with the former accusing the latter of harbouring extremists and the BJP accusing the government of being anti-Hindu.

With assembly elections in Karnataka set to be held by May, the sparring between the two parties has escalated over the past week, especially after Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath attacked chief minister Siddaramaiah at a rally in Bengaluru on Sunday. Adityanath had questioned Siddaramaiah’s Hindu credentials for not banning cow slaughter.

Additionally, the two parties have sparred over the rise in communal tension in the coastal districts of the state.

On Wednesday, Siddaramaiah said the BJP, RSS and Bajrang Dal were harbouring extremists. Addressing the media in Chamarajnagar, the chief minister said: “They are also extremists of one kind. BJP, RSS, and Bajrang Dal have extremists. Anybody who spoils communal harmony will not be tolerated,” Siddaramaiah said.(Siddaramaiah used the word ‘Ugragami’, which in classical Kannada means ‘extremist’, but is also used colloquially to mean a ‘terrorist’).

Siddaramaiah said the government would not differentiate between extremists. “We will not spare anybody, be it [Popular Front of India], [Social Democratic Party of India], Bajrang Dal or [Vishwa Hindu Parishad],” he said.

The BJP hit back. “An outgoing chief minister’s desperate attempts to communalise the elections. In the last year, Siddaramaiah has not spoken on any inclusive, progressive, development issue of the state. He has tried to divide Kannadigas on lines of language, caste, region, religion. It will fail,” the party tweeted.

Meanwhile, state Congress working president Dinesh Gundu Rao said the BJP was becoming a terrorist organisation. “[BJP leaders] are refusing to speak on the murders of Basheer [Ahmed], Dhanyashree. They say they will change Constitution. It is becoming a terrorist organisation,” he said while addressing the media after holding a protest in Bengaluru to condemn the suicide of 20-year-old Dhanyashree, who was allegedly harassed by Hindutva workers in Chikmagalur.

BJP president Amit Shah, too, trained his guns at the Congress while addressing a rally at Holalkere town in Chitradurga district, accusing the Congress of being anti-Hindu and practising vote-bank politics.

“Over 20 workers of BJP and RSS have been murdered in three years. What was their crime? This government is not even investigating it. When BJP govt will come those who killed the workers will go to jail,” Shah said.

“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 said. He alleged that the government had asked people setting up Ganesh pandals to furnish bonds worth Rs 10 lakh.

Shah also accused the government of not passing on the benefits of the funds it had received from the Centre. “If there is a Congress worker’s house in your colony take a look at it. Four years ago it would have been a tin shed, with a moped parked outside. Now the house would be three-storeys tall with an expensive car parked in front,” Shah said. “The Siddaramaiah government has eaten all the money given by Centre and the tax paid by the people.”

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