New Delhi: Hours after Karnataka Congress leader Belur Gopalkrishna courted controversy over a video that showed him instigating public to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gopalkrishna issued an apology.

The BJP unit of Karnataka retweeted a video on Tuesday, wherein Gopalkrishna is seen instigating people to pick up arms and assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Addressing an official party function, the Congress leader reportedly said, “The people who are talking about Godse are anti-national and should be thrown out of the country… If anything or anyone tries to demolish this democracy, he should be killed… If you have guts, kill Modi.”

Some reports suggest that the video circulated by BJP Karanataka is a month-old.

This is not the first time that reports of imminent danger to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s life have emerged.

In October last year, Delhi Commissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik had allegedly received an e-mail which threatened that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be assassinated in 2018. The one-line e-mail, which w which was sent to Patnaik’s official mail, claimed that PM Modi will be killed in November 2018.

The mail was reportedly sent from a northeastern state.