A Brahmin leader in Bohar on Sunday announced a reward for anyone who takes physical action against former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.
Manjhi is in a storm over his alleged “derogatory” comments against the community.
Rahul Lawanya, of the International Brahmin Maha Sanstha, announced a reward of Rs 21 lakh for beheading Manjhi.
He announced the reward while interacting with local reporters after an event in Agra where his supporters of Lawanya burnt the effigy of Manjhi.
Rahul also slammed BJP for taking action against Jha, who, on December 20, announced a reward of Rs 11 lakh to any person who would chop off the tongue of Manjhi.
“BJP is an anti-Brahmin party in the country and that’s why it is supporting Manjhi in Bihar. Gajendra Jha is the prime example of it. He talked against Manjhi and BJP terminated him couple of days later. BJP talked about Shri Ram and also supporting Manjhi, who has challenged his existence,” Lawanya said.
Manjhi, while addressing his community in Patna on December 19, had made allegedly derogatory remarks against Brahmins.
He said that Brahmins used to do Satya Narayan Puja in our community but they do not eat foods in their houses, and instead, demand money.
He, however, apologized for his comments, saying that he is against Brahminism and not against Brahmins.
The Brahminism ideology advocates the untouchability phenomenon in society and they believe that Dalits are untouchables, he said.
However, Brahmin groups had taken umbrage. They also organised a Satya Narayan Puja outside the residence of Manjhi in Patna on December 23, while noting that Manjhi frequently speaks ill of Hindu deities.