Congress defends Siddaramaiah on attack against RSS

Chief minister Siddaramaiah and the Congress party seem confident of retaining power a feat not achieved in many decades in Karnataka

Ms Karandlaje also alleged that the Congress had "sheltered, financed and trained" LTTE and its leader Prabhakaran.

BJP national president Amit Shah asked voters in Karnataka to dislodge the "anti-Hindu " Congress government, while setting at rest any doubts over state president BS Yeddyurappa's choice as party's chief ministerial candidate. "He (Siddaramaiah) had said extremism...those who create an atmosphere of terror in the society are called terrorists".

Siddaramaiah had on Wednesday said that the BJP, RSS and the Bajrang Dal had terrorists in their organisations, a charge rubbished by the BJP.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday praised Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over his Twitter duel with Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

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Having helped to deliver a blockbuster victory for the BJP in the last LokSabha election, the RSS cadres are all charged up as they have been told that this is an ideal opportunity for them to propagate the Sangh's Hindutva ideology. Highlighting cases against Adityanath, the Congress said, "One kg of criminal record dipped in one litre of saffron dye, shedding half a cup of "crocodile" tears, a cup of homophobia and two tablespoon of misogyny, no attention to development and simmer it on a communal flame and later bring it to a boil. But I have humanity, and these people do not".

"They are themselves like terrorists in a way". "The BJP, RSS and Bajrang Dal also have terrorists within".

BJP has been demanding a ban on Islamist outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) and its political wing Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), holding them responsible for a spate of killings of Hindu activists in the state's coastal Dakshina Kannada district.

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