Hindu Aikya Vedi state president KP Sasikala has found herself at the centre of yet another controversy, thanks to a speech in poor taste.
Speaking at a public event in Kollam on Saturday, Sasikala warned secular writers in the country to be careful or be prepared to meet the fate of slain Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh.
"Finally another goal was scored in Karnataka - Gauri Lankesh. I have only one thing to say to the secular writers of this country. You better visit the nearest temple and conduct a 'mrityunjaya homam' (a ritual to avoid untimely death). Otherwise you could be next," she said during the speech.
Gauri, who was also an activist, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside her home in Bengaluru on Tuesday night. She had ideological differences with the BJP, often questioning its activities Karnataka.
Sasikala insisted that the RSS doesn't have to murder people who write against them and also slammed the Congress government in Karnataka for failing to make any arrests in the case yet.
"In this country, there is a general tendency to write against the RSS and Sangh Parivar. Because only then you will be considered a great writer, only then you will get cash, recognition and awards. 90 out of 100 cases are like that. But the RSS doesn't have to kill such writers and journalists. The fact is such people make RSS grow from strenth to stregth. They helped us getting a great Prime Minister and a great leader," she added.
The speech has garnered severe criticism on social media. Sasikala has courted controversy with her inflammatory speeches on several occasions previously as well.