Kundan Chandrawat, an RSS leader from Ujjain who announced a reward of Rs 1 crore on the head of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on Thursday expressed regret over his statement.
Talking to Hindustan Times over phone, Chandrawat said he made the statement as he was agitated over the killings of innocent people in Kerala.
“I express my regret but I still stand by my statement. It was to wake up politicians and the Kerala government from slumber and sensitise them to the killings of innocent people in the state,” he said.
He said what he wanted to achieve he had achieved. For there was a debate in the entire country over the killings of innocent people in Kerala and there was widespread concern too over the killings.
Chandrawat made the statement during a dharna organised at Ujjain on Wednesday to protest the murder of RSS workers in Kerala.
Asked what sort of regret it was when he stood by his statement, he said, “I am a non-violent person and believe in the Constitution of India. I am not a politician who makes statements for votes. I expressed my regret because a section of media asked questions and felt that my statement was considered as one which might promote violence.”
He said, “My statement sparked a debate from the state assemblies to Delhi, thanks to media highlighting it.”
In reply to a question if he expressed his regret under pressure from senior RSS leaders, he said the statement was given by him in his personal capacity, not as an RSS leader. There was no such pressure on him.