By Sharanya Gopinathan
An overzealous leader of the BJP’s youth wing in Bengal named Yogesh Varshney has put a very specific bounty of 11 lakhs on the head of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee. He announced this bounty to anyone who would bring him her severed head after police in Bengal used batons to disperse a rally on Hanuman Jayanti. Varshney said that Bannerjee’s government beat up people for wearing red shirts and red pants, and if they had any humanity, they wouldn’t have used batons against the people who had congregated for the rally on Hanuman Jayanti.
This isn’t the first time a sitting Chief Minister has been threatened with decapitation: early last month, RSS leader Kundan Chandravat announced a bounty of one crore rupees and his houses (yes) for the head of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He said this because he believed that Vijayan was behind the killings of RSS workers in Kerala. Vijayan laughed it off saying he has work to do. In late 2015, former Shivamogga city municipal president and district BJP general secretary S.N. Channabasappa threatened to behead Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah after the Chief Minister spoke out against the beef ban, saying that if the CM dared to eat beef at Gopi Circle, he would behead him.
Firstpost has reported that Parliament has been adjourned amid the ruckus around the bounty remark made about Mamata Banerjee.