2 JD(U) ministers served notices by party chief

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav Sunday served two Bihar ministers,Bhim Singh and Narendra Singh,with show-cause notices

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 12, 2013 2:53 am

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav Sunday served two Bihar ministers,Bhim Singh and Narendra Singh,with show-cause notices for their controversial statements in the wake of the killing of five Army jawans close to the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch area of Jammu and Kashmir last Tuesday.

While pointing out that their statements were “against the policy,ethics and norms of the JD(U)”,Yadav asked them to explain within seven days “why disciplinary action should not be taken against you” for this “misconduct”.

Yadav told Bhim Singh,Minister for Rural Works

and Panchayats,that his

statement “has not only caused embarrassment to the party but also damaged its reputation”.

It was “uncalled for”,both as a member of the JD(U) and as a member of the state cabinet,he added.

Bhim Singh had said last Thursday that “people join the police and the Army to only die” (sena aur police me log marne hi jate hain). His remark came when reporters asked him about the absence of ministers when the bodies of four martyrs arrived at the Patna airport.

“Did your father and mother go (to receive the bodies)?” he asked the reporters in response to their queries. He tendered an apology later following an all-round condemnation.

Party secretary-general and Rajya Sabha member K C Tyagi said,“The party condemns his comments.” Tyagi said “Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked Bhim Singh to take back his statement and apologise”.

State Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh had said Saturday,“I don’t believe Pakistan is responsible for the incident (killing of five Indian soldiers) on Tuesday…Pakistan is our younger brother and a neighbour.”

Yadav reminded Narendra Singh that he had “personally requested” him “to issue a clarification” to his remarks. However,that had not happened,he noted.

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