Last Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 19:09
Zee Media Bureau/Manisha Singh
Patna: BJP leader and former Bihar Minister Giriraj Singh said on Wednesday that he was not hiding and that the police could arrest him if they want to. He also said that his comment regarding BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's baiters had been misconstrued.
Giriraj Singh told a news agency, “I am not hiding. If the police wants it can arrest me. I will surrender in court tomorrow.”
He also posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter that his comments had been twisted and that he had faith in the court. He expressed hope that they would understand him.
The BJP leader also clarified that he respected the constitution of India.
Earlier Giriraj Singh had said that he was not like Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan, who had refused to apologise for his hate speech and that he would follow the poll body's directive.
"I am not Azam Khan, who has refused to abide by the law. If the EC has issued an order, then I will duly follow it," said Singh as quoted by PTI.
"I will follow every direction of the Election Commission, and will appeal to them that my statements were interpreted wrongly, and that there should be a reconsideration of their decision," Singh added.
Giriraj Singh has been banned by the Election Commission from campaigning in Bihar and Jharkhand for allegedly saying that all those who are opposed to Narendra Modi should go to Pakistan and that the Centre was giving subsidy for export of beef while taxing those who reared cows.
Three FIRs - two at Deogarh and Bokaro in Jharkhand and one in Patna - were lodged against him at the behest of the Election Commission. The third FIR was lodged at the Airport police station here two days ago for repeating the same remarks publicly on April 20. Patna district administration had issued notice to Singh and sought his reply within 24 hours, which he did after expiry of the deadline.
The city police have confirmed that a police team from Jharkhand led by an officer of the rank of deputy superintendent of police is on its way here to arrest Singh in compliance with a non-bailable warrant issued by a court there.
With PTI inputs
First Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 17:29