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BJP, RSS are 'Hindu extremists': Siddaramaiah

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Keeping up his attack on the and the RSS, today called them "Hindu extremists" but the saffron party hit back saying it was the which supported separatists.

The also dared to arrest its as well as leaders.

Siddaramaiah, who came under intense attack from the yesterday for saying that the party and its fountainhead had "terrorists", today called them "extremists".

"I had said 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, said, "I had said they are 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)," hesaid.

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, today alleged that "if there is terrorism in this country today, is the main reason for it, also for the situation in

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

Karandlaje also alleged that the Congress had "sheltered, financed and trained" and its leader

Siddaramaiah had yesterday alleged that the BJP, the and the Bajrang Dal have terrorists within their organisations, a charge rubbished by the saffron party.

"They are themselves like terrorists in a way. The BJP, the RSS and the Bajarang Dal also have terrorists within," he had saidtaking his attack on the ruling Congress' principal rival to anew level ahead of the assembly polls due early this year.

Reacting strongly to the remarks, the state BJP had accused Siddaramaiah of desperately trying to polarise elections on communal lines "by calling BJP-RSS terror organisations".

and MLA asked when he would get arrested as he was from the RSS.

"When will I get arrested? has named me as a terrorist, because I'm RSS," Kumar said in a tweet in Kannada.

"I'm also RSS, arrest me too," he said in another tweet.

Citing a spate of killings of Hindu activists in the state, particularly in the coastal district, the BJP has been demanding a ban on Islamist outfit PFI and its political wing Social Democratic Part of (SDPI) holding them responsible for it.

On the other hand, the PFI has blamed the for the killing of those from Muslim community in the region.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 16:35 IST