Patna: Bihar Bharaiya Janata Party leader Giriraj Singh remains defiant and stands by his comment 'Modi critics must go to Pakistan' despite an FIR filed against him. "I said that there are some people who are supporting Pakistan. They are traitors. They don't want Modi to come to power. I still stand by what I said," Giriraj Singh said.
Singh's comment that those opposing Modi should go to Pakistan had sparked a row. "Those opposing Narendra Modi are looking at Pakistan, and such people will have a place in Pakistan and not in India," Singh told a poll meeting at Mohanpur Haat Maidan near the temple town Deoghar.
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An embarrassed BJP was quick to distance itself from its leader. The party also pulled him up for his remarks.
"The BJP has completely distanced itself from Giriraj's remark. We do not believe in this kind of comment," said BJP spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman.
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The BJP has said that its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is running a positive campaign. "The campaign Modi is running is on constructive and positive agenda of providing a better economic and harmonious environment," Seetharaman added.
But the damage was done. "It has been proved that this was their hidden agenda. It has come out in the open," Congress leader Ahmed Patel said.
Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari's comments on casteism in Bihar added embarrassment for the BJP. The Congress, RJD and JDU launched a scathing attack demanding that the EC ban rallies by Giriraj Singh and Nitin Gadkari.
It's a fight again for the Muslim vote in the Seemanchal region of Bihar. 27 seats of North Bihar will go to polls in the next 4 phases where it is believed to be a direct contest between the RJD-Congress alliance and the BJP, where Lalu Prasad is trying to consolidate his Muslim Yadav vote bank.
At a time when the BJP is trying to build its campaign on a developmental agenda, comments such as these only give fodder to the opposition in this high octane political campaign.