Speaking with mediapersons here on Friday, Vijayashankar said that he will join the Congress in the presence of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G Parameshwara at the chief minister's office in Bengaluru. BJP leaders in Karnataka are demanding ban on Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and Popular Front of India (PFI) in the state. Earlier this week, BJP President Amit Shah termed the Karnataka government as being "anti-Hindu" for allegedly being soft on Islamic extremist groups.Prior to that, Siddaramaiah and his Uttar Pradesh counterpart, Yogi Adityanath, engaged in a war of words on Twitter.
The chief minister later clarified that he was referring to Hindutva hardliners. "Whichever organisation it may be, whether SDPI, PFI or RSS, Bajrang Dal or VHP, our government will not tolerate it if anyone indulges in terrorism and communalism", the CM thundered. The Congress government is resorting to vote-bank politics, but the BJP government will ensure that the killers of BJP and RSS workers are brought to book, he added.
The BJP chief was addressing a public rally in Holalkere in Chitradurga while the CM was launching developmental projects in Chamarajnagar. What was their crime? "Central government sanctions are the share of taxes we pay and we have the right to receive it. Karnataka was getting central sanctions even when UPA was ruling India".
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Karnataka Home Affairs Minister Ramalinga Reddy said the Congress was willing to face any complaint as the party can substantiate the chief minister's statement, the Hindustan Times reported.
The Congress and the BJP had won 122 and 40 seats respectively in the last assembly polls.