Sri Rama Sene, a right-wing group on Karnataka stirred up controversy after its working president condemned Mahatma Gandhi by saying that those who divided the country became the father of the nation.

Sene's working president Siddalinga Swami said that one should draw inspiration from Chatrapathi Shivaji, Subhas Chandra Bose, Chandrashekar Azad, Rana Prathap, Kittur Rani Chennamma and Onake Obbavva to realise the dream of Hindu Rashtra.

Condemning Gandhi, Swami said, one should not follow the principles of showing the cheek to the enemy if they slap. "The person who was responsible for the division of the nation and the person who was the prime reason for the birth of Pakistan is termed as the father of the nation and came to be known as 'Mahatma'. And today, if we pelt stones, we are branded as criminals," said Swami.

Swami, who was at the function in Gadag on Wednesday to mark the 393rd birth anniversary of Chatrapathi Shivaji, also warned Pakistan and said that this is not the place to praise Pakistan as this is the land of Modi. He termed those who praised Pakistan as traitors.

The working president also announced a reward of Rs 3 lakh to those who chop the tongues of three Kashmiri students, who were recently slapped with sedition charges for raising pro-Pakistan slogans.