Bengaluru: In a no-holds barred attack, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday alleged BJP, RSS and Bajrang Dal have terrorists within their organisations, a charge rubbished by the Saffron party.
“They are themselves like terrorists in a way. BJP, RSS and Bajarang Dal also have terrorists within,” he said taking his attack on the ruling Congress’ principal rival to a new level ahead of the state assembly polls due early this year.
Strongly reacting to the remarks, the state BJP accused Siddaramaiah of desperately trying to polarise elections on communal lines “by calling BJP-RSS terror organisations.”
Speaking to reporters in Chamarajanagara district, the chief minister said the government would not tolerate whoever indulges in terrorist activities.
“Whether it is the Popular Front of India (PFI), Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), Bajarang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad or any other organisation… if they indulge in disturbing harmony and brotherhood in the society, and spread communalism, they will not be tolerated,” he added.
Asked whether he will send a report to the Centre for banning such organisations, Siddaramaiah said, “…we have to get documents to say that they are indulging in such activities.”
In a tweet, the state BJP charged: “CM @siddaramaiah is desperately trying to polarise elections on communal lines by calling BJP-RSS terror organisations…
“What they don’t realise is India is not in 1975 and Indira Gandhi is not the Prime Minister today,” it added.