New Delhi, March 5: Kuldeep Varshney, Badaun district chief of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the BJP's youth wing, has been expelled from the party for six years hours after he declared Rs 5 lakh prize money for one who severes the tongue of Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU Students' Union president.
Varshney was upset that Kanhaiya has been speaking against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi since his release on bail on March 3 (Thursday). He accused the student leader of shouting anti-national slogans in support of hanged Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and said he would award Rs 5 lakh to one who cut off the latter's tongue.
He said spoke against the RSS, BJP and PM Modi besides insulting the nation-something he couldn't tolerate.
Announcing the decision to expel Varshney, the BJP's district president, Harish Shakya, said a notice to remove Varshney from the post was issued six months ago, according to agency reports. He also distanced the party from Varshney, saying his remark was personal.
Kanhaiya was given bail by the Delhi High Court on Wednesday, almost three weeks after he was arrested on charges of sedition for his alleged role in a February 9 event at the JNU that marked the third anniversary of the hanging of Guru.