In a recent interview with Barkha Dutt, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah lambasted BJP president Amit Shah for calling him a non-Hindu.

“I am not an atheist. I am a Hindu humanist and an Indian. BJP is against human values and is therefore against Hinduism. Amit Shah calls me a non-Hindu. He is a Jain,” claims rationalist chief minister Siddaramaiah.

“Our job as a political leader is governance. For that what we need is Dr. Ambedkar’s Constitution and human values that each of our religions, our experience, and our elders teach us,” he said.

Siddaramaiah also said that people of North Karnataka want him in Badami so he's contesting two seats. To BJP swipe on 2 seats, he said: "Was Prime Minister Narendra Modi nervous when he fought from both Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh in 2014?. First let BJP answer that,” he said.

However, supporters of BJP said that none of the party members is doing religion politics but some pseudo-journalist groups are creating such atmosphere in the country to benefit anti-Hindu Congress. “If Siddu is a Hindu humanist, then who killed 25 Hindus and RSS Karyakartas in Karnataka and why didn’t he find a single culprit so far?” said a user on Twitter.

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