Ranchi/Bokaro, April 22: Congress MP and former Union minister Subodh Kant Sahay today called BJP leader Giriraj Singh a “sharpshooter” of Narendra Modi’s “gang”, a day after a fresh FIR was lodged against the Bihar leader for his controversial comments that NaMo critics were pro-Pakistan.
Even though the BJP leadership, including party’s national president Rajnath Singh, distanced itself from Giriraj, Sahay slammed both Modi and the Bihar leader for “inciting hatred”, triggering a fresh controversy.
“The BJP is an army of Ravanas and regional parties, which are supporting the BJP, are Ravanas in disguise,” the Congress leader told a section of the media in Deoghar today.
The former Union minister was in Deoghar to campaign for Congress’s Godda candidate Furkan Ansari.
Sahay’s comments, nonetheless, drew sharp reactions from BJP leaders.
BJP’s star campaigner and former chief minister Arjun Munda said that Sahay’s statement exposed the Congress’s frustration in the face of an inevitable defeat.
“The BJP is in a comfortable position in the four seats that will vote in the third round. Thus, Congress leaders have lost their cool,” Munda said.
The ally JMM too criticised Sahay for his comments.
“Sahay should be more careful about his selection of words. If the BJP is doing something wrong, it does not mean that we too will do the same,” said JMM central committee member Supriyo Bhattacharya.
State Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat, however, argued that Sahay’s statement was a reaction to Giriraj’s “unacceptable” public remarks aimed at “disturbing social harmony”.
Yesterday, a fresh FIR was lodged against Giriraj in Bokaro, days after the Bihar leader made inflammatory statements that critics of Modi were pro-Pakistan and would be sent there after the Lok sabha elections.
On the instruction of Bokaro deputy commissioner-cum-election officer Uma Shankar Singh, Chas BDO Ram Naresh Soni last night filed the complained against Singh for flouting the Election Commission’s rules.
The FIR was lodged at Sector IX police station in Bokaro steel city.
When contacted, the Bokaro DC said the FIR was lodged after watching the video footage of the statement made by the BJP leader during a rally at Vaishali More in Sector IX on April 18.
Earlier, two FIRs were filed against Giriraj for making controversial comments.
While a complaint was lodged at Manoharpur police station in Deoghar on Sunday, the other FIR was filed yesterday at the Airport police station in Patna.