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You can threaten, but you cannot scare me: Mamata replies to bounty offer

April 12, 2017

mamtaDomkal: Responding to the Rs 11 lakh bounty placed on her head by a BJP youth wing leader, Mamata Banerjee stated that they can threaten her, but she will not bow down.

“They can abuse me, vilify me and conspire against me. They can abuse me as much as they want. I pray to God to forgive them. They do not know what they are saying. I will not say anything more,” Mamata said.

“There is no use threatening me. The more you threaten or call me names, the more I will proceed… Your criticism will be blessings for us. That will help us move forward. Now we are in Bengal. We will move to Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand and then to Delhi,” she said.

She also reached out to the people, asking them not to be scared by “false propaganda.”

“No political party can decide what you want to eat or what they wear. Do not get provoked by any instigation. Don’t be scared. Always remember that I am there as your biggest custodian,” Banerjee said.

Accusing the Mamata-led government of appeasement towards the Muslims while targeting Hindus, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha leader Yogesh Varshney had said: “Whoever comes to me with the severed head of the Mamata Banerjee…I will reward him with Rs 11 lakh.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday condemned the BJP youth wing leader’s statement announcing a Rs 11 lakh bounty on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is in charge of the party in West Bengal, said that he condemned such statement which propagated violence.

“We do not agree with such remarks. There is anger against Mamataji for her appeasement politics, but (we) cannot support violence. We condemn such statements,” said Vijayvargiya.

The Centre also roundly condemned the statement and said the West Bengal government was free to take legal action against Yogesh Varshney.

Issue raised in Parliament

The youth wing leader’s statement also caused an uproar in the houses of Parliament. The issue was raised in both the Houses by Trinamool Congress(TMC) members, with all major political parties and the government condemning the statement.

Raising this issue during Zero Hour in the Upper House, TMC member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy asked the House and the government to condemn the statement, saying “a constitutionally elected CM has been described as a demon.” He said the Centre was trying to “unleash a reign of terror” in West Bengal in the name of religion and other things.

In the Lok Sabha, TMC member Saugata Roy said “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 grass-root leader and government must take action on it.”

The issue was raised soon after the House assembled to take up the day’s business, with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar saying such a statement by anyone was completely wrong and the government strongly condemns it.

“She is an elected Chief Minister and due respect must be given to her. We strongly condemn it,” Kumar said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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