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Haryana BJP leader Amu who issued ‘behead Deepika’ threat resigns, now wants to slap Farooq in Srinagar

The resignation comes days after the Haryana unit of the party served a show cause notice to him seeking explanation over his controversial remarks.

india Updated: Nov 29, 2017 14:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh/Gurgaon
Padmavati row,Suraj Pal Amu,Haryana BJP leader
Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu.(ANI File )

Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu, who reportedly offered a Rs 10 crore bounty for beheading “Padmavati” actor Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, resigned on Wednesday as the chief media coordinator of the state unit of the party.

The resignation comes days after the Haryana BJP sent him a notice asking him to explain his controversial remarks.

In his resignation letter to state BJP chief Subhash Barala over WhatsApp, Amu said he was upset over chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar allegedly skipping a meeting with representatives of the Karni Sena on Tuesday.

“I am hurt with behaviour of the CM with Rajput leaders yesterday (Tuesday). There is a group of unwanted people surrounding the CM which is taking him away from party’s hard working and dedicated people,” Amu said in his letter.

Separately, he spoke to reporters and said, “Now my dream is to slap Farooq Abdullah on Lal Chowk, I challenge him to meet me there,” according to ANI.

Though the chief minister’s schedule did not specify any such appointment, the Rajput leader maintained that he had given time for a meeting.

Rajput groups have been protesting against the period drama “Padmavati” alleging that it distorts historical facts.

Amu stated in his resignation letter that he had worked with full dedication for the party over the past few years, but felt that “CM Khattar does not need dedicated workers and office bearers. Khattar is surrounded by a coterie which is taking him away from dedicated workers for the last three years.”

Amu, however, said that he will continue to work as an ordinary BJP worker.

Standing by his statement on Padmavati, Amu said he has no regrets and the movie has hurt the sentiments of a community.

Amu was booked for his comments against Padukone and Padmavati producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the SHO of Gurgaon’s Sector 29 police station, Vikas Kaushik, said. “He would be called for questioning and law will take its own course.”

The Haryana BJP had immediately distanced itself from Amu’s remarks, saying he had made them in his personal capacity.

At function of the Rajput community in Delhi recently, Amu had said, “how can we allow somebody to distort history and mislead the people by projecting the heroic character of Rani Padmavati in a poor light while glorifying the villains of history. We will not allow the release of this film at any cost”.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Nov 29, 2017 12:27 IST