The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday sacked its functionary Kundan Chandravat who had announced Rs 1crore bounty on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's head.
RSS official twitter handle posted a tweet quoting Dr MM Vaidyak as saying, "Kundan who made controversial statement at Ujjain protest mtg has been relieved of his responsibility in RSS. (sic)
Vaidya said: "RSS do not subscribe to any views advocating violence and strongly condemn it. Attached statement is loud and clear."
Kundan who made controversial statement at Ujjain protest mtg has been relieved of his responsibility in RSS: Dr MM Vaidya pic.twitter.com/4t1emJH5PT— RSS (@RSSorg) March 3, 2017
RSS do not subscribe to any views advocating violence and strongly condemn it. Attached statement is loud and clear: Dr MM Vaidya pic.twitter.com/NHzrWCdBDx— RSS (@RSSorg) March 2, 2017
Earlier on the day, Chandravat had retracted his statement after it drew condemnation from various quarters including the Sangh.
Chandravat, the former RSS Sah Prachar Pramukh in Ujjain, also 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 had said in a statement late on Thursday night.
Chandrawat had announced a reward of Rs 1 crore for the head of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
The remark was made in the presence of state MP Chintamani Malviya and MLA Mohan Yadav. Meanwhile, reacting to Chandrawat's remarks, Vijayan said "Sangh Parivar has taken heads of several."
Here is the video of Chandrawat when he made the bounty remark
Later, CPI(M) took to Facebook to condemn Chandrawat's statement:
"The frustration of the RSS is coming out in open. CPI(M) condemns it and demands quick action. Will the BJP led state government in the state and at the Centre take any action against them? Will they come out and condemn it? If no, then it is clear which ideology they are propagating and whose government it is."
Reacting on the development, general secretary of CPM and Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury called the RSS a terrorist organisation. “RSS reveals its true colours as a terrorist outfit. Will PM and his government stop remaining silent?” tweeted Yechury.
Kerala has been witnessing violent clashes between the RSS-BJP and the CPM workers. The political murders claim lives of many RSS-BJP and CPM cadres. Last month, the death of BJP leader Santhosh was the eighth murder to have taken place after the Pinarayi Vijayan government took over in May, 2016.