The Congress in Rajasthan on Thursday criticised a statement by BJP legislator Kailash Chaudhary calling party vice president Rahul Gandhi a traitor, and demanded his arrest.
Chaudhary, the BJP legislator from Baytoo constituency in Barmer district, while addressing a farmers' rally on Wednesday, said: "Rahul Gandhi who stands with the people who shout anti - India and pro - Pakistan slogans is anti - national and a traitor. Traitors should be punished, hanged and shot. "
The legislator did not stop there.
He said such kind of people should be thrown out of the country. "They do not have any right to live in this country, " Chaudhary said, in the wake of Gandhi meeting students at Jawaharlal Nehru University a few days back.
The Youth Congress on Thursday staged a protest march and burnt an effigy of the BJP leader.
Hundreds of Youth Congress workers staged a march towards the house of the BJP leader and shouted slogans in support of Gandhi.
Chanting "Rahul Gandhi zindabad", the youth brigade burnt an effigy and blackened the name - plate of Kailash Chaudhary in front of his house.
State Congress president Sachin Pilot, in a statement on Thursday, also criticised the statement by Chaudhary, and termed it "highly objectionable".
Demanding Chaudhary's immediate sacking, Pilot said the BJP leader's act falls in the category of a criminal act. "A case should be filed against him, " he said.