Patna: At a time when the country is mourning the killings of five Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops, a shocking statement has come from a Bihar Minister. The Bihar Panchayati Raj Minister has said that soldiers are there to be martyrs and later apologised.
"Jawans are there to be martyred. Why else do people join Army and police? Those who join the Army are conditioned to believe that they could become martyrs," Bihar Panchayati Raj Minister Bhim Singh had said.
Later, apologising for his statement, Singh said, "My statement is not being shown in totality. I apologise to the whole nation. We are totally with the family of the soldiers."
Reacting to his statement, the BJP called the statement sad. "This is so sad. This shows the mindset of JD(U)," said BJP leader Ashwini Choubey.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the statement was in bad taste. "Bhim Singh's statement is in bad taste, it's sad that my cabinet minister has said this. I spoke to him immediately after I heard of his statement and he apologised," Nitish said.