Terror remark: CM defends it in Mysuru, does U-turn in Ch'nagar

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah defended his statements of comparing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bajrang Dal activists to terrorists. "We are Hindus with humanity, but, these outfits have no humanity," he said.

The chief minister had called the RSS and Bajrang Dal activists terrorists at a programme in Chamarajanagar on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters at the Mysore Airport, Mandakalli near here Siddaramaiah said that the BJP leaders, in the name of Hindutva, are trying to polarise the votes. "But, they will not succeed and will pay for it. Who is doing politics in houses, where the people are mourning the death of their dear ones? What should we call such people? The government will not tolerate disruption of peace and harmony by any organisation, including Popular Front of India, Social Democratic Party of India, RSS, and others," he said.

Eats his words

Siddaramaiah on Thursday took a U-turn on his terror remark, saying that he did not mean that BJP men were terrorists, reports DHNS from MM Hills, Chamarajanagar district.

Reacting to the statement of Somanna that he would retire from politics if Congress wins the upcoming polls in Nanjangud and Gundlupet, Siddaramaiah said, "Let him remain in politics and see the victory of Congress".

Replying to the statements of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda that he is spending government money for conventions, the CM said, "I will begin my election campaign from March. I am touring the state to highlight the achievements of the government," he clarified.

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