On Saturday afternoon, dozens of BJP workers and leaders including BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje were detained by the Bengaluru Police at Mysore Bank Circle in the city when they were protesting against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and working president of Karnataka Congress Dinesh Gundurao.
Speaking to News Nation Shobha said, "They call us terrorists. I am from BJP, I am from RSS, Mr CM come and arrest me. We are protesting against CM Siddaramaiah and Dinesh Gundurao across the state. We have called for jail bharo andolan and that is why we are protesting here."
On January 10, when journalists in Chamrajnagar asked CM Siddharamaiah if he will ban PFI, the CM replied, "Even BJP and RSS have some ugragami (militants) elements in them. Whether PFI, SDPI, RSS or BJP, nobody is allowed to break the law.”
On the same day, working president of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Dinesh Gundurao had slammed the BJP while taking part in a protest rally organized by NSUI. Gundurao said, “They (BJP) kill people then ask people to migrate to Pakistan. They don't discuss real issues. BJP has become a terrorist organisation. I again say they have become a terror organization.”