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Siddaramaiah won't make such comment sans intel input: Cong on

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today appeared to be defending after he called the and the as "extremists" triggering a war of words, and said he would not have made such a statement without "intelligence" inputs.

"He (Siddaramaiah) is the of a state...It is possible that the has inputs which we don't have. In this situation, you will have to pose this question to the chief minister and seek clarification. Because he won't speak anything of this kind if he has no intelligence input," told reporters here.

He also hit back at president for his remarks that the was "anti-Hindu".

Addressing a rally in yesterday, Shah charged the state with perpetrating atrocities against and workers, claiming 20 of them were killed in the state over the last three years.

Siddaramaiah, while speaking to reporters yesterday in district, alleged that the BJP, and the Bajrang Dal had terrorists in their organisations, a charge rubbished by the saffron party.

It was not clear whether the chief minister made the comment in retaliation to Shah's remark.

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

Speaking to reporters today, 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)."

Referring to Shah's jibe, Vadakkan also said the BJP chief made the comment with the sole intention of winning the upcoming assembly election in Karnataka.

Hitting out at Shah, Vadakkan said it was "strange" that Shah called the state as "anti-Hindu".

"Shah's intention is to win. How he does that is his angle. It is strange to say that anti-Hindu. Only ji can do this," he said, adding only people of the state can decide whose government will be formed (in the state).

The BJP also dared to arrest its as well as RSS leaders.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 20:10 IST