BJP youth wing leader puts bounty on West Bengal chief minister's head
File photo of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Photograph: (AFP)
A Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader courted controversy by announcing a bounty of Rs 11 lakh on West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's head.
"Those who will cut and bring West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee head, I will give that person Rs11 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 organises Iftar party and always supports Muslims," BJYM leader Yogesh Varshney said.
The statement comes after the West Bengal Police launched a baton charge on a rally chanting slogans of "Jai Shri Ram", or "Hail Lord Ram" in Birbhum district on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Hanuman.
The police in West Bengal's Birbhum had already warned the Bir Hanuman Jayanti organisers that it would not allow holding of any rally or meeting on Tuesday despite assurances by the organisers that they will not carry arms, ANI said.
The Lok Sabha has condemned the incident.
TMC leader and Member of Parliament, Saugata Roy, said that the announcement made by the BJP youth wing leader against an elected chief minister is alarming and the House must condemn it.
"Mamata Banerjee is not only an elected Chief Minister but a former member of this House too. It is a serious and alarming behaviour and the House must condemn it. She is a grassroot leader and government must take action on it," he said.
Parliamentary Affairs minister Ananth Kumar said that the government condemns such an incident, PTI reported.
"She is an elected Chief Minister and due respect must be given to her. We strongly condemn it," Kumar said.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that the political discourse has become unpleasant in recent past and everyone must work towards improving it.
"This is complete wrong. All sides must exercise restraint," she said.
(WION with inputs from agencies)