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Giriraj Singh defiant despite FIR, says he stands by his ‘Modi critics must go to Pak’ remarks

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Sources said BJP president Rajnath Singh had expressed his disapproval and reminded that such remarks have no place in a healthy democracy. (PTI File Photo) Sources said BJP president Rajnath Singh had expressed his disapproval and reminded that such remarks have no place in a healthy democracy. (PTI File Photo)

The BJP on Sunday dissociated itself from its Bihar party leader Giriraj Singh’s remarks that the place for those who oppose Narendra Modi was in Pakistan. Meanwhile, even as an FIR was lodged against him in Deoghar district of Jharkhand, Singh, the BJP’s candidate from Nawada, said he stood by his statement.

“I have examined the video footage of his speech and found that its content was communal and anti-national in nature,” said Deoghar Deputy Commissioner Ameet Kumar.

Addressing a public meeting at Godda (Jharkhand) on Friday, Singh had said, “Woh log Narendra Modi ko rokna chahate hain, woh Pakistan dekh rahe hain. Aane wale dino mein aise logon ke liye jagah Hindustan mein nahi, Jharkhand mein nahi, parantu Pakistan mein hoga (Those who want to stop Narendra Modi are looking to Pakistan for support. In the coming days, there won’t be place for such people in India, in Jharkhand because their place will be in Pakistan).”

Sources said BJP president Rajnath Singh had expressed his disapproval and reminded that such remarks have no place in a healthy democracy. Senior Bihar BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Modi tweeted, “The BJP does not approve of the irresponsible statement given by Giriraj Singh”.

BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman endorsed Sushil Modi’s stand but refused to elaborate on whether the party would act against him. Narendra Modi chose to remain silent on the issue.

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