New Delhi, June 14: The Shree Rajput Karni Sena has threatened to chop off Rajasthan education minister Kiran Maheshwari’s nose and ears for allegedly comparing Rajputs with “rats”.
The right-wing Rajput outfit also sought an immediate apology from the minister.
Maheshwari, who is a Cabinet-rank Minister of Higher, Technical & Sanskrit Education and Science & Technology Departments, claimed that she was not referring to the community.
Addressing media on Monday, the minister asked to respond to the fact that the Sarv Rajput Samaj Sangharsh Samiti had comenced a campaign against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the upcoming assembly polls, said: “Aise bhi log hain jo barsati choohe (rats) hain, jo chunav aate hi bilon se nikal aatein hain (There are people like rainy rats who come out of their holes during election time)”, news agency IANs reported.
Reacting to this, at its meeting on Tuesday, the Karni Sena warned Maheshwari to apologise or face dire consequences, citing that she should have remembered the Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone incident during the “Padmaavat row” before making such remarks.
“BJP has come strong in Rajasthan with the help of Rajput community. Maheshwari had won the last assembly elections with the help of these ‘rats’ and hence we will teach her a lesson in the coming elections,” Karni Sena stated.
— Shree Rajput Karni Sena (@KarniSenaDelhi) June 13, 2018
“There are 40,000 Rajput voters in her constituency (Rajsamand). She should apologise immediately. Also, the state government should issue a statement,” the right-wing Rajput outfit’s state chief Mahipal Makrana said in a video that stormed into media.
Makrana further said although they hold great respect for women, they will not tolerate women insulting the community.
However, Maheshwari denied using any offensive language against the Rajputs.
Meanwhile, Congress Rajasthan chief Sachin Pilot also condemned the incident and said that Maheshwari should apologise to the entire Rajput community.
“The BJP has been hurting the sentiments of common man, communities and political parties with their derogatory comments which is highly objectionable. The education minister should apologise to the Rajput community, he said.