New Delhi: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA in Rajasthan has attacked the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, calling him a 'traitor' and saying that he should be 'hanged' and 'shot' for supporting anti-national elements at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Kailash Choudhary, MLA from Baytoo in Barmer district,said, "Some people...raised slogans praising Afzal Guru, about breaking India and of Pakistan Zindabad...and if Rahul Gandhi, who is called the Congress' rajkumar, goes and sides with these people...stands with them and supports them...it is treason."
"Rahul Gandhi is a traitor...such a traitor should be punished...should be hanged ...and shot," he added.
He also demanded an apology from the Congress vice-president.
When reporters asked him specifically about his remark, the MLA said, "Yes, I said it. If he (Rahul) goes and supports such anti-national people...he should be shot. I am a nationalist and if anyone raises a finger at Bharat Mata, I will not tolerate it."
Meanwhile, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev today said that association with anti-nationals is treachery and that the political leaders should go beyond vote bank politics and should not compromise with the nation's sovereignty and unity.
"It is necessary to know who raised anti-national slogans. But it is clear that the mass which gathered there was not nationalist. Association with the anti-nationals is also treachery. Involving in anti-national activities and supporting it has been considered as crime, both legally and spiritually. The political leaders should go beyond vote bank politics and should not compromise with the nation's sovereignty and unity," Ramdev said.
"Supporting the people who raise 'anti-national' slogans is wrong. It is the responsibility of the government to see to it that action is taken against any anti-national element and innocents are not caught. The anti-national slogans are not right for the unity and sovereignty of the nation," he added.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is in trouble for showing solidarity with the students of JNU. A case was registered against him in a district court in Allahabad yesterday for his opposition to the police action against students of the JNU who had taken part in a demonstration where "anti-national" slogans were raised.