Patna, April 20: The BJP today scrambled to contain the damage done by its Bihar leader Giriraj Singh’s “back Narendra Modi or go to Pakistan” remark, but he was unfazed and stuck to his stand.
Distancing the party from the controversial remark, its president Rajnath Singh said the BJP believed in the politics of “justice and humanity” and taking everybody along.
Spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman too issued a statement from New Delhi saying the BJP had nothing to do with Giriraj’s words. Bihar leaders, including Sushil Modi, slammed his statements as “irresponsible”.
Giriraj had said in Jharkhand’s Godda on Friday that those opposing Modi would have to go to Pakistan after the election, giving rivals a handle to suggest the comments were directed at the minorities.
The Congress and the Janata Dal (U) have urged the Election Commission to take criminal action against him.
Jharkhand police have filed an FIR against Giriraj on orders from Deoghar SDM Jay Jyoti Samanta. Former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, who shared the rally dais with Giriraj, has also been named.
Giriraj, who is contesting from Nawada, however, said in Patna: “I stand by my statement that those trying their best to stop Modi from coming to power have no place in India and should go to Pakistan….
“In democracy, everybody can oppose… but nobody has a right to act against national interest and appear to be speaking the language of a foreign country which has been known to act against our country.”