While Karnataka chief minister, Siddaramaiah's action in branding BJP and Hindu outfits as terrorists appears to have stirred up a hornet's nest with the BJP announcing its decision to undertake "Jail bharo" programme, the situation within the Congress appears to be quite different.
Mr. Vijayshankar told The Hindu he visited Mr. Siddaramaiah's residence as he was invited by the Chief Minister.
"They are themselves like terrorists in a way".
"This government is practicing vote-bank politics and it is anti-Hindu".
Siddaramaiah, while speaking to reporters yesterday in Chamarajanagara district, alleged that the BJP, RSS and the Bajrang Dal had terrorists in their organisations, a charge rubbished by the saffron party.
After joining the Congress, Mr. Vijayshankar said he would also brief the media to expose certain leaders of the BJP, with which he was associated for more than two decades. He has clarified that he referred to them being religious extremists.
The complaint said Siddaramaiah who is "nervous about losing" in the state polls, has made "a baseless, false, frivolous and derogatory" statement which had not only defamed the party, but also incited groups and classes of the society against it.
The clarification came after the CM's comments sparked a controversy with BJP and Bajrang Dal leaders condemning his attempts to draw a link between their organisations and terrorism.
BJP Karnataka tweeted "CM Siddramaiah is desperately trying to polarise elections on communal lines by calling BJP-RSS terror organizations".
Dr Parameshwara said "As the election campaign picks up momentum in the State, the BJP's highly-motivated workers, especially those drawn from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), will be effectively deployed to raise the emotional pitch on cow slaughter and other religious issues".