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BJP bid to undo Giriraj damage

Giriraj Singh

Patna, April 20: The BJP today distanced itself from its Nawada parliamentary constituency candidate Giriraj Singh, two days after his controversial statement that Narendra Modi critics were pro-Pakistan and would be sent there after the elections.

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi today tweeted, “The BJP does not approve of irresponsible statement given by Giriraj Singh.” But he avoided repeating the same in front of reporters in the evening.

Giriraj had made the controversial statement at Godda in Jharkhand on Friday. An FIR was lodged against him today at Manoharpur police station. “We have registered a case against Giriraj. FIR has also been registered against those present with him,” said Deoghar sub-divisional magistrate J.J. Saamant.

BJP sources said Giriraj’s comments had given other parties a handle to go after it. The Congress and the JD(U) have approached the Election Commission, seeking criminal proceedings against him.

The BJP sought to undo the damage, with its president Rajnath Singh saying the party believes in the politics of “justice and humanity” and taking everybody along. Party spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman also issued a statement in New Delhi specifically saying that the party had nothing to do with such statements.

Giriraj, however, stuck to his words. “I stand by my statement. There are many in India whose political Mecca-Medina is in Pakistan. Such people should be sent there,” he said.

Nobody in the state BJP stood by him, though. Senior leader Nand Kishore Yadav and the party’s state unit president, Mangal Pandey, said the BJP did not agree with his irresponsible statement.

Cashing in on the opportunity, the BJP’s challengers came down heavily on Giriraj. Senior Congress leader and the party’s Bihar in-charge, Satyavrat Chaturvedi, advised him to go for a mental check-up. The RJD’s Ram Chandra Purbey said Giriraj was trying to spread the divisive agenda of the RSS. The state JD(U) president, Bashishtha Narayan Singh, termed Giriraj’s comment communal.

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