Badaun (UP), Mar 5 (PTI): The BJP Yuva Morcha leader, who had announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for cutting off JNU Students union leader Kanhaiya Kumar's tongue, was today expelled from primary membership of the party for six years.
The president of district unit of BJP, Harish Shakya, said that the party has expelled district president of BJP Yuva Morcha, Kuldeep Varshnay for six years.
Shakya told reporters that party has nothing to do with Varshnay's controversial statement.
"Varshnay's statement is his personal one and the party has nothing to do with it...he has been expelled from the primary membership of the party for giving such a statement without the consent of party office bearers," he said.
Shakya stated that a notice to remove Varshnay from the post had been issued six months ago, and Ankit Maurya was made working president in his place.
Varshnay had yesterday announced Rs 5 lakh prize money for cutting off the tongue of Kanhaiya Kumar who he had alleged was speaking against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ever since he was released on bail.
Kumar who was arrested on February 12 on sedition charges was released from the Tihar jail on March 3 after the Delhi High Court granted him interim bail for six months.
Posters against Kanhaiya, Police registers case
Delhi Police today registered a case in connection with posters announcing a "reward" of Rs 11 lakh for anyone who "shoots down" JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar.
One person was caught while he was sticking the posters on the behalf of outfit 'Purvanchal Sena' on the wall of Press Club while others accompanying him managed to flee. The matter was reported to the police.
"A case has been registered under relevant sections of law at the Parliament Street police station," said a senior police officer.
"The person fixing the posters was questioned at the police station and we are tracking others who got the posters published," he said.
"No person has been arrested so far in this connection," said Taj Hasan, Special Commissioner (Crime) and chief spokesperson of Delhi Police, without divulging any further information.
The development came on a day BJP Yuva Morcha leader Kuldeep Varshnay, who had announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for cutting off JNU Students union leader Kanhaiya Kumar's tongue, was expelled from primary membership of the party for six years.
The poster stated that "whosoever shoots JNU students union president and seditionist Kanhaiya will be rewarded Rs 11 lakh on the behalf of Purvanchal Sena."
The poster carried name of one Adarsh Sharma as president of Purvanchal Sena. A mobile phone number was also mentioned on the posters but it was not reachable despite several attempts.
Kanhaiya was arrested on February 12 in connection with a sedition case over a controversial JNU event. He was granted interim bail for six months by the Delhi High Court on March 2 and was released from Tihar jail next day.
Cut off Kanhaiya's tongue, take Rs 5 lakh prize, says BJP youth wing leader
New Delhi, Mar 5 (India Today): A leader of Bharatiya Janata Party's youth wing, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha or BJYM, has announced Rs 5 lakh prize money for cutting off the tongue of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar.
Kuldeep Varshney, BJYM's Badaun district chief, said Kanhaiya has been speaking against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he was released on bail Thursday.
"He shouted anti-national slogans in support of a terrorist like Afzal Guru. I will award Rs 5 lakh to the person who can cut off Kanhaiya's tongue," Varshney said.
Kanhaiya was arrested on February 12 on sedition charges and was released from the Tihar jail on March 3 after the Delhi High Court granted him interim bail for six months.
Soon after his release on Thursday evening, Kanhaiya made a fiery speech on JNU campus saying he wanted 'azadi in India and not azadi from India'.
"I am a student and not a politician. The citizens of this country have not voted for me, it is the students of JNU who have voted for me. I am a student leader of this university and will always fight for students' rights," he said when asked about his political plans.
Explaining the difference between treason and being anti-government, he said that no one in the university can ever be anti-national. "Our constitution talks about equality, brotherhood and nationalism. There is a difference between desh droh (anti-national) and rajdroh (sedition). We want to convey this to everyone that no one in JNU can ever be anti-national," Kanhaiya said during an exclusive interview with India Today's Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai.