Holding Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan responsible for murders of “more than 300 RSS pracharaks and activists” in the state, an RSS leader from Ujjain has announced a bounty of R1 crore on his head and promised to “offer a garland of three lakh human skulls to Bharat Mata” in revenge. Sharing the dais with BJP Lok Sabha MP Chintamani Malviya at an event on Wednesday, Kundan Chandrawat also reminded the gathering of the Gujarat riots of 2002. Distancing itself from Chandrawat’s remarks on Thursday, the RSS said it “condemns the emotional comments of Kundan”.
The RSS sah prachar pramukh (joint publicity chief), Ujjain, Chandrawat was addressing a gathering at Ujjain’s Shahid Park to protest against the killing of RSS workers, attended by Malviya, who is the BJP Ujjain MP, and local BJP MLA Mohan Yadav.
Calling Vijayan a “traitor” who doesn’t deserve to live in the country, Chandrawat said: “Ye samajhta hai hai ki Hinduon ke khoon mein gaurav nahin hai Shivaji ka… Hinduon ke khoon mein wo jazba nahin. Main is manch se ghoshna karta hoon… Dr Kundan Chandrawat… sampatti hai mere paas itni isliye ghoshna karne ki himmat karta hoon… ek karod se zyada ka makan hai. Uska sar katke la do, Vijayan ka, mere ko, main makan aur wo jaidad uske nam kar doonga. Aise gaddaron ko desh me rahne ka koi haq nahin. Loktantra ki hatya karne ka koi haq nahin aise gaddaron ko (He thinks the blood of Hindus does not have the honour of Shivaji, it doesn’t have passion. I, Dr Kundan Chandrawat, declare from this dais, I have wealth that is why I say this… property worth more than R1 crore. Cut off Vijayan’s head, and bring it to me, I will transfer my house and assets in your name. Such traitors don’t have the right to live in the country. Such traitors don’t have the right to murder democracy).”
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The 42-year-old RSS leader added: “Teen sau pracharak aur karyakartaon ki hatya kari hai na tumne? Teen lakh narmundo ki varmala pahnaenge Bharat Mata ko, wampanthiyo sun lo (Haven’t you killed 300 pracharaks and activists? We will offer a garland of three lakh human skulls to Bharat Mata, this is a warning to Leftists).”
Invoking Godhra train burning and the Gujarat riots that followed, Chandrawat said: “Bhool gaye kya Godhra ko? Chappan mare the, 2,000 kabrastan mein chale gaye. Ghusa diya unko andar isi Hindu samaj ne (Have you forgotten Godhra? Fifty-six were killed, 2,000 were sent to the graveyard. They were pushed beneath the ground by the same Hindu community).”
Speaking to The Indian Express later, Chandrawat said he stood by his remarks, claiming the “positive response” he had received had left him “overwhelmed”. However, he clarified, “I spoke in my personal capacity and the RSS had nothing to do with it.”
RSS All-India Sah Prachar Pramukh J Nandkumar issued a statement saying Chandrawat’s remarks were “not an official version of the RSS”. “Several programmes are being held in the country from March 1 to 3 in protest against the killings by Marxists in Kerala and the protest meet in Ujjain was organised by the Jan Adhikar Samiti. The RSS from the beginning has never believed in violence and believes in democratic protest. The RSS condemns the emotional comments made by Kundan.”