A leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s youth wing in West Bengal on Tuesday issued a threat to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying he would give Rs 11 lakh to anyone who beheaded her. Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha leader Yogesh Varshney made the statement while criticising action taken by the Suri Police in the state’s Birbhum district during a Hanuman Jayanti rally on Sunday, NDTV reported.

“When I saw the video [of the police action], I only had one thought...that if anyone gets me Mamata Banerjee’s head, I will give them 11 lakh,” Varshney is seen saying in a clip. “Mamata Banerjee never allows Saraswati Puja celebrations, fairs during Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti processions. She organises Iftar parties and always supports Muslims,” DNA reported.

Varshney described Banerjee as a demon and alleged that the police had brutally beaten up participants at the rally, who he said were devotees of Ram and not members of any political party.

The Suri Police had not granted the organisers permission to hold the procession though the organisers had told them the participants would not carry arms. At least 10 people were arrested after the incident, according to CNN-News18.

On Wednesday, Trinamool Congress members brought up the remarks in both Houses of Parliament, with other parties and the Centre, too, condemning Varshney’s statement. The BJP-ruled government said the Banerjee-led West Bengal administration was “free to take legal action” against him, Hindustan Times reported.

In the Rajya Sabha, TMC member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy accused the Centre of trying to “unleash a reign of terror” in West Bengal in the name of religion. House Deputy Chairman said an FIR should be registered against Varshney, and “action can be taken under the law”, before dismissing Roy saying no further discussion was needed in the matter.

Actor and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan said in the Upper House, “You can protect cows, but what about women?...How dare anybody talk like this about women? Is this the way you are going to protect the women of this country? Women are feeling insecure...is this what you are promoting?” NDTV reported.