Following wide condemnation from various quarters including the Sangh Parivar, RSS leader Kundan Chandravat,retracted from statement in which he had had announced a bounty of Rs 1 crore for beheading the Kerala Chief Minister.
Chandravat, RSS Sah Prachar Pramukh in Ujjain, claimed he got some phone calls from Kerala threatening to kill him and was being targetted in social media. “I was pained on the issue of murders of Swayamsevaks and therefore made an emotional statement. I retract it (statement) and express my regret,” Chandravat said in a statement late last night. “I also got some phone calls from Kerala in which an unidentified caller threatened to kill me,” he claimed.
Chandravat, in a meeting , had announced the bounty to avenge the killing of RSS workers in Kerala, allegedly by CPI-M workers. His speech sparked an uproar, drawing condemnation from the RSS, the CPI(M) and the Congress yesterday. In a video, which went viral, Chandravat is purportedly seen saying that Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is behind the killing of RSS workers there and he will pay Rs 1 crore to anyone who beheads him and brings his (Vijayan’s) head to him.
Vijayan, however, dismissed the threat to his life, saying such calls would not prevent him from travelling around, while Kerala’s ruling CPI(M) and Congress sought the arrest of Chandravat for his outrageous comments.