'Chop Off Ananth Hegde's Tongue And Get Rs 1 Crore', Offers Karnataka Dalit Leader

| December 27 , 2017 , 09:55 IST

Former Zila panchayat member of Karnataka Gurushant Pattedar, who identifies himself as a senior Dalit leader, has announced a bounty of Rs 1 crore to anyone who would chop off and bring the tongue of Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde before January 26.

The former Kalaburagi zilla panchayat member Pattedar, currently associated with the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) announced the bounty on Tuesday over Hedge's comments that secular people were unaware of their parentage.

"Opposing his (Hegde's) remarks, I'm announcing a bounty of Rs 1 crore for chopping off his tongue and bringing it (over)," Pattedar said.

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"I'm ready to give the bounty amount to anyone who chops off Hegde's tongue and brings it in one month's time, by January 26," he added.

Pattedar said that he announced the "bounty" because the comment made by Hegde had pained Dalits, Muslims, backward classes and secular people.

Ananth Kumar Hegde, the Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship triggered a controversy on Sunday when in an event in the Kukanur town of Koppal district in Karnataka he said that people who "call themselves secular" were unaware of their parentage.

"I feel happy because he (the person) knows about his blood, but I don't know what to call those who call themselves secular," Hegde had said.

"Those who, without knowing about their parental blood, call themselves secular, they don't have their own identity... They don't know about their parentage, but they are intellectuals," he added.

In another controversial statement, Hedge said, "Some people say the Constitution says secular and you must accept it. We will respect the Constitution, but the Constitution has changed several times and it will change in the future too. We are here to change the Constitution and we'll change it."