Dakshina Kannada District In-charge Minister Ramanath Rai who has caught himself on a sticky wicket after making a controversial comment on RSS strongman Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat, has reportedly received a threat from Mumbai.

An anonymous caller from Mumbai has reportedly threatened the minister to teach him a lesson - for commenting against Prabhakar Bhat - in the next elections, reports Suvarna News. "Your (Minister) statements on Prabhakar Bhat is made to please a particular community. Why are you against the Hindus? You will be taught a lesson in the next elections," the caller said.

In the backdrop of tension in Kalladka - after two groups clashed over each other last week - Ramanath Rai was having a meeting with local Congress leaders and Superintendent of Police Bhushan Gulab Rao. During his interaction, Ramanath Rai reportedly said that Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat was not a "big leader". "Older people will not cause any tension. I know everything about here. This is not Mandya but India. So you (SP) may not have the knowledge of the region.  Arrest Prabhakar Bhat, if need be and if he continues to make hate speeches slap Section 307 on him. He would not be able to come out of the jail," Ramanath Rai had told the SP. The statements which have been recorded has gone viral.

His statements have not gone well with the BJP leaders. BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa has demanded an apology from the minister Ramanath Rai. His statements on the RSS leader will be brought to the notice of Home Minister Rajanath Singh, said Yeddyurappa.

BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje said "The communal clash in Kalladka is provoked by the Congress. Ramanath Rai is behind this. If the situation in Kalladka goes out of control, minister Ramanath Rai should be held responsible." The Dakshina Kannada district administration has clamped prohibitory orders in Kalladka following the group clash.