BJP Leader Allegedly Announces Rs 5 Lakh Reward For Anyone Who Cuts Off Kanhaiya's Tongue

05/03/2016 12:22 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Setting the BJP up for more public embarrassment than it has already faced over the JNU row, a youth wing leader of the party has now announced a Rs 5Lakh reward for anyone who cuts JNU President Kanhaiya Kumar's tongue off.

Kuldeep Varshney, a leader of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh issued the threat after Kumar was released on bail.

He said, "He shouted anti-national slogans in support of a terrorist like Afzal Guru. I will award Rs 5 lakh to the person who cut off Kanhaiya's tongue."

This was reported by various media outlets including CNN-IBN, Zee News and India Today.

However, it is not clear, when and where Varshney made the comment. HuffPost India's calls to him went unanswered.

Varshney, whose Facebook page, describes him as a politician and district head of the BJYM, is an ardent Modi follower, if his timeline is anything to go by.

Apart from that, posters have bee found pasted on metro stations in Delhi, announcing rewards for people who will shoot Kanhaiya Kumar. The poster not only bears a the name of the person who announced it, a phone number is splashed right across it. Beginning with phrases like 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and 'Vande Mataram', the poster urges people to try shoot Kanhaiya and call a person named 'Adarsh Sharma' for a reward.

Please dont like this photo! A death threat to Kanhaiya casually posted in public places and metro stations. Will Delhi Police arrest anyone or is this deshbhakti?

Posted by Ayesha Kidwai on Friday, 4 March 2016

On his release from jail, Kumar said that he had never wanted 'Bharat say azaadi'. In fact, he demands 'Bharat mein azaadi' - freedom from upper caste atrocities, poverty and corruption.

While speaking to the media yesterday, Kumar said that he has now plan to take a plunge into mainstream politics. He clarified that since JNU has elected him as their President, he would prefer to work for them primarily.

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