Cracking the whip on his own cabinet colleagues, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said one cannot get away by merely stating that their statements were misinterpreted and they ought to be more careful while speaking to the media.
“Both, Gen VK Singh and Kiren Rijiju have already given clarification on their statements, but I feel as leaders of the ruling party, we all must be extra cautious before making any statement… and we should also ensure that there is no possibility of our statement to be interpreted in the wrong sense. We can’t get away by saying our statement was misinterpreted, we need to be extra careful while putting forth our views,” Singh told news agency ANI, when asked about the recent controversial remarks by Union Ministers Gen VK Singh and Kiren Rijiju.
Hum ye keh kar nhi bach sakte ki iski galat vyakhyaa hui hai, hum sabko swayam saavdhaani se baat rakhni padegi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 23, 2015
Gen Singh, on Thursday, sparked controversy when he told reporters in Ghaziabad: “Kabhi sthaniya ghatnaon ka sarkar se talluk mat rakhiye. Uske upar inquiry chal rahi hain. Parivaron ke beech mathbhed tha.. voh mathbhed kis roop mein parivartit hua, kahan par intazamiyan ka failure hain, administration ka? Uske bad voh sarkar ke upar aata hain (Never associate local incidents with the Central Government. There is an inquiry going on. There was a dispute between families. The dispute…how did it turn out…where did the arrangements fail, the administration? After all this, it falls upon the Central Government).”
He added: “To har cheez par, ki wahan par pathar maar diya kutte ko to, sarkar jimmewaar hai. Aisa nahi hai. (For everything…like if somebody throws a stone at a dog, then the Central Government is responsible…it is not like that)”.
Singh’s reference to the dog triggered demands for his resignation from the Congress, the Left parties and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and CPI(M), which also sought registration of a case against him under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Earlier this morning, the AAP filed an FIR against Gen Singh.
“Taking into cognizance VK Singh’s statement, the National Commission for SCs has issued a notice to SSP Ghaziabad seeking a response on what action has been taken under SC-ST Prevention of Atrocities Act,” Chairman PL Punia told ANI.