BJP’s youth with leader in West Bengal courted a controversy on Tuesday by announcing a reward of Rs.11 lakh for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s head, following a lathi charge at people taking out a procession in Birbhum district on occasion of Hanuman Jayanti.
“Those who will cut and bring West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee head, I will give that person Rs.11 lakh. Mamata Banerjee never allows Saraswati Puja, fairs during Ram Navami and during Hanuman Jayanti procession, people were lathi charged and brutally beaten up. She organizes Iftar party and always supports Muslims,” the leader Yogesh Varshney said.
The Parliament strongly condemned a statement and the Centre said the state government was “free to take legal action” against him.
Birbhum police on Sunday had already warned the Bir Hanuman Jayanti organizers that it would not allow holding of any rally or meeting at Siuri on Tuesday.
The issue was raised in both the Houses by Trinamool Congress members, with all major political parties and the government condemning the statement.
In the Rajya Sabha, deputy chairman P.J. Kurien said the state government can register an FIR and take action.
Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati termed it as a “serious matter” and said “BJP should not just condemn the statement, but should also take action”.
Other opposition parties including Congress, the Left and Samajwadi Party (SP) also supported TMC on the issue and condemned the incident.
Jaya Bachchan of the SP said there was a need to take “aggressive” steps for protection of women. “You can protect cows and women are facing atrocities,” she added. “How dare somebody talk like this,” especially against a woman chief minister, particularly when women are feeling insecure. “Is this the way you are going to protect women,” Bachchan asked.
Earlier, an RSS leader from Madhya Pradesh Kundan Chandrawat announced Rs 1 crore reward for beheading Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
A member of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Varshney, issued the outrageous threat while hitting out at the Chief Minister over the police action. Swords held up during a previous rally on Ram Navami, which triggered huge controversy.