On Sunday, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national general secretary Saroj Pandey stated that if her party workers continued to be killed in Kerala, "eyes of the attackers will be gouged out".
Her comment comes just as BJP's 'Janaraksha Yatra' —which is protesting the killing of its workers, allegedly by CPM workers—ends Tuesday.
Speaking at a programme in Kumhari area of Chhattisgarh's Durg district, she said, "Our party has strength of 11 crore members across the world.. .more than 300 workers in Kerala who were 20, 22 and 25 years of age were murdered. Everybody has right to present their thoughts. But as far as the politics is concerned, I believe politics should not be done like this," she said.
"We have government (at the Centre) and based on our numbers (in Lok Sabha), we can dismiss such (state) governments," she added.
Responding to this, the CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan accused the BJP of trying to incite riots in the state, according to a report in The Times Of India.
Congress also condemned her statement and said that "any kind of violence is not justified in democracy."
"A senior woman politician should not make such kind of comment. It has exposed the real face of her party and its mindset. Any kind of violence is not justified in democracy," state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel told PTI.
Meanwhile, netizens took a lighter approach.
Twitteratti were seen uploading photographs of themselves as well as actors wearing sunglasses with the hashtag #GougeDa.
— Vivek Kushwaha (@yoursvivek) October 16, 2017
When average malayali hears Sanghi goons threatening to gauge out our eyes. #GougeDa
— Heisenberg (@redandbluemagic) October 16, 2017
Malayalis, on hearing that BJP neta wants to gouge their eyes:
— The Last Caveman (@CarDroidusMax) October 16, 2017
— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) October 16, 2017
With inputs from PTI
CPM’s youth organisation DYFI has organised a march in Kozhikode on Tuesday where participants will wear goggles, according to a report by the Indian Express.
Updated Date: Oct 17, 2017 21:23 PM