Cong to raise RSS leader's remark on Kerala CM in parliament

Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member B K Haripr-asad on Monday said the party will raise the issue of a vitriolic remark made by a RSS leader Kundan Chandravat announcing a bounty of Rs 1 crore for beheading Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in the forthcoming parliament session.

Reacting to media queries, Hariprasad, who is also All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary, said, “Nobody can get away by making such comments and the party will definitely raise the issue in the next session.” 

When reminded that RSS has initiated action against Chandravat by stripping him of his positions within the organisation, Hariprasad said, “It is not enough as such comments are provocative in nature and a case should have been booked against him.” 

Quoting the recent bandh call given by right wing organisations in the district condemning the visit of  Vijayan to address ‘Karavali Souharda Rally’ organised by CPM, Hariprasad described the attempts to foment trouble as ‘heights of hypocrisy’. In the name of bandh, Dalits and women were exploited, he charged.

When it was brought to his notice that though Congress party has a majority of seven MLAs in the district, none among them resorted to any damage control mode, Hariprasad, who called it as unfair even on the part of his own men, however, sided with them later saying “They eventually maintained silence in the interest of the people.”

On the future of Congress party in the state, Hariprasad said, except for the buzz that has generated around a fictitious diary, there is no serious threat. The government is doing well by introducing a lot of social welfare programmes and also in keeping communal harmony. However, it is for the people to decide on the second term for Siddaramaiah as chief minister, Hariprasad said evading a direct reply to the question

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