As the battle for Karnataka heats up, the BJP on Friday filed a complaint against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) working president Dinesh Gundurao.
This complaint was filed in response to the statement made by the CM comparing the BJP and the RSS to extremists/terrorists.
The statements were made by the CM while on his campaign rally on January 10 stating, "Hindutva should be in our hearts and not on our plates or the food we eat. What they (BJP) are preaching is not Hidutva. They are followers of Nathuram Godse. They are not Hindus, they lack humanity. They are like terrorist organisations, only Hindutva terrorists."
Dinesh Gundurao took this one step further by calling for the BJP to be banned in the state since they are 'Jihadis'.
A number of senior BJP leaders led by S Suresh Kumar, MLA and spokesperson met T Suneel Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru police, and handed over a complaint letter urging the police to register an FIR under IPC Section 15 (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) against both the CM and Dinesh.
Suresh Kumar tells India Today, "They have uttered and made many allegations and statements which amount to character assasination of an organisation. The BJP does not deserve these kinds of epithets," he said, adding, "The CM should have uttered words as a CM but unfortunately in Karnataka, both political grammar and vocabulary are at a nadir."