Even as politics of violence continues to erupt in Kerala, BJP national general secretary Saroj Pandey on Sunday threatened to “gouge the eyes” of those who attack BJP-RSS members in the state, stirring up yet another controversy and drawing flak from the opposition for her comments.
Speaking to media on the sidelines of a programme in Kumhari area of Chhattisgarh’s Durg district, Pandey said that party president Amit Shah had launched the Jan Suraksha Yatra in Kerala to highlight the political killings of the BJP-RSS cadres, allegedly by CPM workers.
“The march has been launched because if the attackers continue to harass our workers, we will enter their homes and gouge their eyes out,”Pandey said.
Pandey, who is a former Lok Sabha MP from Chhattisgarh’s Durg seat further added that based on the strength of majority of the BJP in the Lok Sabha and the Centre, they could “dismiss” governments in the states of Kerala and West Bengal.
“But we believe in democracy and the party ruling in Kerala and West Bengal should also respect democracy and should not be biased on these issues,” she said.
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its parent organisation Rashriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has blamed the CPM workers for the brutal murders of their party cadres. In retaliation, the BJP, led by party chief Amit Shah, recently launched ‘Jan Raksha Yatra’ in Kerala and other states to highlight the crimes committed against saffron workers.
Meanwhile, state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel, talking to news agency PTI, condemned the statement made by BJP general secretary.
“A senior woman politician should not make such kind of comment. It has exposed the real face of her party and its mindset. Any kind of violence is not justified in democracy,” Baghel said.