The Congress on Thursday appeared to be defending Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah after he called the BJP and the RSS as "Hindutva extremists" triggering a war of words, and said he would not have made such a statement without "intelligence" inputs.
"He (Siddaramaiah) is the chief minister of a state...It is possible that the chief minister has inputs which we don't have. In this situation, you will have to pose this question to the chief minister and seek clarification. Because he won't speak anything of this kind if he has no intelligence input," Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan told reporters in New Delhi.
He also hit back at BJP president Amit Shah for his remarks that the Karnataka government was "anti-Hindu".
Addressing a rally in Karnataka on Wednesday, Shah charged the state government with perpetrating atrocities against BJP and RSS workers, claiming 20 of them were killed in the state over the last three years.
Siddaramaiah, while speaking to reporters on Wednesdy in Chamarajanagara district, alleged that the BJP, RSS and the Bajrang Dal had terrorists in their organisations, a charge rubbished by the saffron party.