Aligarh: A leader of the BJP’s youth wing has courted controversy by announcing a bounty of Rs 11 lakh for West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s head. This after the police in her state used batons to disperse a rally raising slogans in praise of Lord Rama on Hanuman Jayanti.
The threat was issued by Yogesh Varshney, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM).
“Mamata government beat up people. If someone was wearing a red shirt or a red pant, they were beaten up brutally by the police. I don’t understand…Mamata Banerjee organises Iftar party, she argues for the Muslims. I want to ask her are Hindus not human?”
“If they had any humanity, they wouldn’t have beaten (people) up like this. If anyone brings me her severed head, I will give that person Rs 11 lakh,” Varshney said while criticising the police action on the rally.
Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi disowned the comment and Varshney in parliament on Wednesday, saying, “I condemn this type of statement. The state government can take proper action.”
On Tuesday, police in Suri in West Bengal’s Birbhum district used batons to disperse a rally which shouted slogans in praise of Ram.
The police had set up an iron barrier which those in the procession tried to break, leading to a lathi charge.
At another location on the outskirts of Suri, thousands of people had ignored a police ban to participate in a rally taken out under the aegis of an organisation observing Hanuman Jayanti.
The Suri police had on Sunday told the organisers of Bir Hanuman Jayanti that it would not allow holding of any rally or meeting on Tuesday.
Yesterday, the organisers had asked the police to allow the rally after assuring that they would not carry arms.
However, the police did not budge from its stand.
West Bengal general secretary of BJP Sayantan Basu had yesterday alleged at a press meet at the party office that “the district administration at first had accorded permission, but later withdrew it on order of the TMC bosses.”
Note: This article was updated to include the BJP’s response.