BJP's Nityanand Rai will chop off hands, fingers if you criticise Modi

New Delhi, Nov 21: The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Bihar unit chief Nityanand Rai raked up a controversy, when he asked party supporters to chop off the fingers and hands of people who voice criticism against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"If anyone raises eyebrows at PM Narendra Modi, break his hands and, if need be, even chop them," said Nityanand Rai, MP and Bihar BJP Chief, adding,  "Your own son rose out of poverty to become PM, regardless of differences everyone in the country should value it. If any hand or finger is raised against him (Modi), we should come together and break it and if need be even chop it off.

The MP was addressing a meeting organised by the Vanshi Chacha Samajik Vikas Parishad in Patna.

In his foot-in-mouth moment, he later defended his statement, saying he didn't mean break hands literally, but as a metaphor, as per a report on The Indian Express. "I used the expression of breaking fingers and chopping hands as proverbs to convey that we would strongly deal with those who rise against the country's pride and security," he was quoted as saying.

Earlier this month, he had called Modi a "reincarnation of Swami Vivekananda".

News24Bureau with Agencies