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Giriraj Singh defiant, says don`t regret remark on Narendra Modi detractors

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 19:22

Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party`s Giriraj Singh on Monday refused to withdraw his remark in which he said that those who opposed to the party`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi would have to shift base to Pakistan after the outcome of election results.

Speaking to reporters, Singh said, “Why should I show regret for what I said?.

(Hatne ka sawaal nahin hai, mere bayaan kanoon ke andar hai), There is no going back on the statement, whatever I said is within the purview of law. I haven`t made any incorrect statement,” Singh said.

The BJP leader continued by saying that people who are pro-Pakistan, pro-terrorism are trying to stop Narendra Modi, they have no reason to remain in India.

Singh further said that he will respond to the Election Commission notice as and when the poll panel summons him.

“I`ll respond to the EC notice and give my explanation. I don`t regret what I said,” Giriraj Singh said.

“Now that an FIR has been registered, I will see what is to be done. I will take support of the law,” Singh added.

Singh came under attack from Muslim clerics who took strong offence to his questioning loyalty of certain sections of the society and taunting them to `support Narendra Modi or leave for Pakistan`.

Maulana Mehmood Madani of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, said, “ Giriraj Singh ji jaise log aur unki soch ke log Pakistan mein bohot hain, unhe hi vahan bhej dena chahiye There are plenty of people in Pakistan who think like Giriraj Singh, perhaps he should be sent there.”

Syed Yahya Bukhari, the younger brother of Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari, retorted to Singh`s remark, and said, “Ye kya koi `gudde gudiya` ka khel hai? Is it child`s play that people who don`t support Modi will be sent to Pakistan?”

Another cleric Mufti Mukarram took the attack to Singh and said, “This is not Giriraj Singh`s India, it belongs to all of us. We will live and die here.”

Mukarram also demanded action against other leaders of saffron outfits involved in `fanning communal fire`, and said, “Action should be taken against Praveen Togadia and people who fan communal sentiments should be put behind bars.

Earlier on Sunday an FIR was filed against Giriraj Singh, former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and some other party leaders over the controversial remark by Singh that the Centre gave subsidy to those who exported beef and taxed those who reared cows.

The FIR was lodged under the Bihar Representation of Improvement of Animal Act, 1952, under the Representation of People`s Act 1951, and for violation of the Model Code of Conduct, police said.

Deoghar Superintendent of Police Rakesh Bansal confirmed that an FIR has been filed against the leaders with the Mohanpur police.

First Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 19:22
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