BJP suspends youth leader who announced reward for chopping off Owaisi’s tongue

, 11:59 PM IST

Varanasi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has suspended its Kashi unit`s youth wing vice president Shyam Prakash Dwivedi from its primary membership for allegedly announcing a reward of Rs 1 crore for chopping off the tongue of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi who refused to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

Dwivedi was also removed from his post of Bharatiya Yuva Morcha of Kashi unit.

“On the direction of party`s state leadership, Kashi region president Laxman Acharya has removed Shyam Prakash Dwivedi from the post of vice-president of Kashi unit`s Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) with immediate effect and also suspended his primary membership of the party here yesterday for allegedly making a controversial remark,” said Sanjay Bhardwaj, BJP`s Eastern UP media-Incharge.

Dwivedi, a son of BJP`s district unit president of Allahabad, Ramraksha Dwivedi, had reportedly announced the reward of Rs 1 crore for chopping off the tongue of Owaisi and called the AIMIM chief a “traitor”, saying he has no right to live in India.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi had, while addressing a public rally in Latur district in Maharashtra on March 13, said he would not chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

“I don’t chant that slogan. What are you going to do, Bhagwat sahab,” the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad had said, referring to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remark that the new generation needed to be taught to hail “Mother India”.