India: BJP youth leader offers reward for head of chief minister
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India: BJP youth leader offers reward for head of chief minister

A MEMBER of BJP’s youth wing is in hot water after threatening Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and offering an INR11 lakh (US$17,000) reward for anyone who “brings me her severed head,” according to the New Indian Express.

Yogesh Varshney made the outrageous threat against the West Bengal Chief Minister in response to the alleged beating of people by police at a rally in her home state.

Calling Banerjee a “demon”, the youth leader accused her of “targeting Hindus” at the event held in celebration of Hanuman Jayanti – the day marking the birth of Hindu deity Lord Sri Hanuman. Chants of “Jai Sri Ram” (Hail Lord Ram) could be heard throughout the crowd.

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He also rebuked Banerjee for supporting Muslims.

“Mamata government beat up people … I don’t understand … Mamata Banerjee organises Iftar party (Muslim Ramadan meal), she argues for the Muslims. I want to ask her, are Hindus not human?” he said.

“If they had any humanity, they wouldn’t have beaten up like this.”

“If anyone brings me her severed head, I will give that person Rs 11 lakh.” – Varshney

The rally in question took place on Tuesday in West Bengal’s Birbhum district. Organisers had been told prior to the event permission for the processions had not been granted.

Despite repeated warnings from police, the celebration went ahead and ended with police allegedly using batons when the procession was about to enter a street locally called the Madrasa Road, as reported by NDTV.

According to Hindustan Times, the clashes continued for nearly an hour and the Rapid Action Force was deployed to bring the situation under control.

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Several clashes have been seen at similar celebrations around the state in recent weeks. Four people were injured after a bomb was hurled at a Hanuman Jayanti rally, around 40km from Kolkata.

The BJP has tried to distance itself from Varshney’s remarks, claiming they do not represent the message of the party.

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi disowned the comment in Parliament, saying: “I condemn this type of statement. The state government can take proper action.”

Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bacchan expressed anguish for the BJP leader’s remark, stating the BJP was keen on protecting cows but not women.

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