Mandi: Known for making controversial statements, Himachal Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Satpal Singh Satti on Wednesday issued a threat to PM Modi detractors.

Addressing a rally in Himachal’s Mandi district, Satti said, “Modi ji ki taraf agar koi ungli uthayega, hum log uski baaju kaat kar ke haath mein pakda denge.” (If anyone points their finger at Modi, we will cut his hand and give it to him.)

The leader’s comments come just days after he was banned from campaigning for 48 hours by the Election Commission (EC) over his derogatory remarks against the Congress President. Satti had allegedly used an expletive against Rahul Gandhi a few days back. State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Devesh Kumar had said that Satti was served a notice for violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by the district election officer (DEO) of Solan.

Following the ban, Satti received a threat which said that the leader’s tongue would be cut off and thereafter an FIR was registered. A video went viral on the social media showed an alleged Congress supporter Vinay Sharma — claimed by the BJP to be a former deputy advocate general of the state during Congress rule — announcing a reward of Rs 10 lakh for any person who cuts off Satti’s tongue.

The Congress state unit had sought Satti’s apology but he had refused, saying he merely read out the contents of a message which was already circulating on social media.

It must be noted that as per the Election Commission, criticism of other political parties should be confined to their policies and programmes, past record and work. Parties and candidates should refrain from criticising aspects of private life, not connected to the public activities of the leaders or workers of other parties.