Giri­raj’s Ter­ror Tone Puts BJP on De­fen­sive

BJP dis­so­ci­ates it­self from­marks. Ter­ror­ists don’t have any caste, re­li­gion: Sushil Modi

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - ASHOK MISHRA

Af­ter ly­ing low for a while fol­low­ing his re­mark that those op­posed to Naren­dra Modi should go to Pakistan, BJP leader Giri­raj Singh is back at it: this time, he has ques­tioned why all those ar­rested on charges of ter­ror­ism are from one par­tic­u­lar com­mu­nity. Singh also as­serted that some peo­ple with proPak­istani lean­ings wanted to stop Modi, a view that drew sharp re­ac­tion from po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

When con­tacted by ET, Singh said that he didn’t say any­thing which should be con­strued as a hate speech. “Is it not a fact that some peo­ple are try­ing to pre­vent Modi from be­com­ing PM? They are the same peo­ple who have a favourable mind­set to­wards ter­ror­ists and Pakistan. Is it not true that ter­ror­ism in the coun­try is spon­sored by Pakistan?” Singh said. But the BJP lead­er­ship wasn’t amused by his rant­ings. “Such state­ments are to­tally un­called for. BJP dis­so­ci­ates it­self from such highly ir­re­spon­si­ble re­marks. Ter­ror­ists don’t have any caste or re­li­gion,” said se­nior BJP leader Sushil Ku­mar Modi when ET sought his re­ac­tion on Singh’s re­marks.

Singh, who con­tested on a BJP ticket from the Nawada Lok Sabha seat, even ques­tioned NC leader Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah, who had said that those who voted for Modi should drown them­selves in the sea, adding that too much was made out of his re­marks.

The BJP lead­er­ship had ear­lier snubbed Singh for his hate speech which he de­liv­ered bang in the mid­dle of elec­tion cam­paign­ing. He was even booked by the law en­forc­ing agen­cies for which he had to seek an­tic­i­pa­tory bail from the court. The EC even en­forced a ban on his par­tic­i­pa­tion in poll meet­ings.

SALMANKHURSHID Union Min­is­ter Ter­ror­ism comes in dif­fer­ent forms. Ter­ror­ism of thoughts is just as bad as ter­ror­ism of guns. Giri­raj should re­flect on that

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