Karnataka slugfest continues: Now, Siddaramaiah says BJP, RSS are ‘Hindus without humanity’

"I had said they are Hindutva terrorists. I am also a Hindu, but I'm a Hindu with humanity, they (BJP, RSS) are Hindus without humanity," Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: January 11, 2018 5:31 pm
Siddaramaiah, Karnataka elections, Congress, NDA government, Siddaramaiah, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah (File Photo)

The slugfest between BJP and the Congress in poll-bound Karnataka escalated on Thursday, with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah calling the saffron party and the RSS “Hindutva extremists”. BJP retorted in the same breath by saying the Congress were supporters of separatists and dared the Siddaramaiah government to arrest its leaders.

The spark was lit on Wednesday after BJP chief Amit Shah, addressing a pre-election rally at Holalkere region of Chitradurga, labelled the Siddaramaiah government “anti-Hindu” for its failure to control killings of activists from the BJP, RSS and its affiliates. “As many as 21 BJP and RSS workers have been killed in Karnataka in the last three years and the government is not even investigating it. When the BJP comes to power, it will send all the people to jail. This government is an anti-Hindu government,’’ Shah said.

Countering Shah’s fire with fire, the Karnataka CM claimed, “They are themselves terrorists in the BJP and RSS.” The comment stirred a hornet’s nest, with BJP and RSS leaders lashing out at Siddaramaiah. In light of the remarks he made on Wednesday, Thursday’s statement seemed more like a damage-control exercise.

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 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.

BJP called the CM’s statement irresponsible and blamed Congress for the rise in terrorism. “If there is terrorism in this country today, Congress is the main reason for it, also for the situation in Kashmir,” PTI quoted BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje as saying. Accusing the Congress of having supported and encouraged the Khalistan movement, she said, “we have lost several officers, soldiers, leaders and also PM because of it.” Karandlaje also alleged that the Congress had “sheltered, financed and trained” LTTE and its leader Prabhakaran.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. Anuradha Kalhan
    Jan 11, 2018 at 10:27 pm
    Hindus without Hinduism is the definition of RSS . Use Hinduism for power and nothing else using symbolic gestures like cow love , ram temple , love jihad etc types of nonsense.
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    1. Shashi Iyer
      Jan 11, 2018 at 10:13 pm
      The CM of Karnataka is inhuman. He is not bothered about the killing of RSS BJP people. He is cruel to people, what is important for him is craziness for power, nothing else. The most irresponsible statement. The appropriate court will punish him as he as anti-national.
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      1. rakesh katyal
        Jan 11, 2018 at 10:10 pm
        Hindus without humanity are ruling 20 states and the people are voting for them like fools. Sid should be ashamed of blaming the most tolerant religion.
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        1. Manoj
          Jan 12, 2018 at 4:43 pm
          Well said. The problem is not in religion per se. Frankly, I have yet to come across a person who represents the hallmark of a real Hindu for each person gives his/her unique perspective on it, and more often than not, the viewpoints are distinctly contradictory, often confusing, indoctrinated, without evidence, and largely based on hearsay. A religion is often claimed to be tolerant, but incidentally, its followers are not. The Hindu activists are a glaring example of it and exude a fulminant hatred towards non-Hindus (mlecchas) both in words and in actions. In today's strife-filled world where there is a gigantic clash of religions, the best prayer to The Almighty would be, "God, save me from your followers".
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        2. Chris Powermale
          Jan 11, 2018 at 9:45 pm
          Obviously, Congress is scared that unabated Modi wave would devour Karnataka too. BJP with wholehearted grassroot support of RSS is the only force to reckon with in Karnataka reason being frivolous attempt to denigrate them Siddaramaiah's tirades. As nothing to highlight on governance front Siddaramaiah led Congress Party is leaning on fissiparous elements to scarpe through in the election and for this speak of different flag for Karnataka state despising national tricolour. Does Congress Party throwing ample hint that to win elections going against national interest too could be an option ?? Such a party and its leaders should they be allowed to rule in government - intelligent Karnataka electorate has to decide !!
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          1. ajith Mallu
            Jan 11, 2018 at 9:52 pm
            Well, your corrupt Yeddyurappa will bring decency to politics...joke or what..The way this rotten potato looted Karnataka in the past, BJP doesn’t stand a chance. People are sensible in south
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          2. G Shikaripur
            Jan 11, 2018 at 9:36 pm
            To compl-ete Karnat-aka CM's stateme-nt, we may add what Mr Kanhaiya Kumar (former JNUSU leader ) said recen-tly : ". . Read any religi-ous books and all of them say there is god in every person. The one who burnt Afra-zul to death in Rajast-han has kill-ed the god in him too. . ." ( thewire / Jan 10 ).
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