The BJP has removed the vice-president of Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha in the Kashi region from his post and suspended his primary membership for allegedly issuing a controversial statement against the chief of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday.
“Shyam Dwivedi, BJP Kashi region youth wing’s vice-president, has been removed from his post and his primary membership from the party has also been suspended with immediate effect,” BJP’s media in-charge in eastern Uttar Pradesh Sanjai Bhardwaj said on Thursday in Varanasi.
Bhardwaj said party’s Kashi region president Laxman Acharya took the action against Dwivedi following the instructions from senior leaders of the organisation. Bhardwaj said the party was against such controversial statement.
Dwivedi, the son of BJP’s Allahabad district unit president Ranraksha Dwivedi, had called Owaisi a traitor and said he didn’t have the right to live in India.
“If he (Owaisi) has objection in saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, his tongue should be chopped off and one who does so will be rewarded with Rs 1 crore,” he had said.
Owaisi had said he will not chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ even if someone puts a knife to his throat at a public rally in Udgir tehsil of Latur district of Maharashtra last Sunday.
His reaction came in response to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion that the new generation needs to be taught to shout slogans hailing Mother India.