Pandey, a national general secretary of the BJP, also claims that her party can “dismiss” Kerala’s Left Front government
Weeks after BJP national president Amit Shah flagged of his party’s Jan Suraksha Yatra in Kerala to red-flag the issue of political violence in the state which has led to killings of both RSS and Left cadres for years, his party’s national general secretary has claimed that the campaign would ensure that BJP workers “will enter homes of their rivals and gouge their eyes out”.
Addressing reporters on the sidelines of a function in Chhattisgarh’s Durg district on Sunday, Saroj Pandey , a former BJP Lok Sabha MP said: “Hum logon ne ye jo march ki shuruwat ki hai, hamaare rashtriya adhyaksh-ji ne ki hai, vo isliye ki hai ki aanewale samay mein agar baar baar hamaare karyakarta ke saath mein kisi prakaar se aise aankh dikhaane ki stithi hogi, toh hum ghar mein ghus kar aankh nikal lenge. Yeh tay baat hai.” [This march (Jan Suraksha Yatra) that we have started, that our national president (Amit Shah) has started, was to ensure that in future if our workers are shown eyes repeatedly, then it is certain that we will enter their homes and gouge those eyes out.)
Funnily enough, the violence-inciting remarks by Pandey – who is currently the mayor of Durg and has earlier also served as a BJP MLA – came while she talked about people’s right to freedom of expression in a democracy.
While insisting that non-BJP government in Kerala (led by the Left Democratic Front) and Bengal (Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress) “should follow democracy, which the BJP respects”, Pandey went on to claim that her party – the BJP – was today one of the largest political organisations in the world and since it was also ruling the Centre, it could “dismiss the government” in Kerala by the sheer strength of its membership.
“Today we are the biggest political party in the world, not just in India. We have 11 crore workers. In Kerala, more than 300 workers have been killed… Everybody has the right to speak… But if democracy is killed, it is not a big deal for us… with our worker strength and our government (at the Centre), if we want we can dismiss them (the Kerala government),” Pandey said.