Amit Shah rebukes minister Giriraj Singh for 'Iftar party' dig
BJP President and Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday reprimanded Union Minister Giriraj Singh for taking a dig at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his own party member Sushil Modi over an Iftar party. Giriraj reportedly posted a provocative tweet earlier this morning targeting Modi and BJP allies Kumar and Ram Vilas Paswan among others for attending an Iftar party. Here's more.
Shah reportedly called up Singh and asked him to avoid making any such controversial statements. The BJP chief even told him that the same should never happen again. Singh, who has courted controversy with his comments even in the past, is currently the Union Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy, and Fisheries in the new cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
कितनी खूबसूरत तस्वीर होती जब इतनी ही चाहत से नवरात्रि पे फलाहार का आयोजन करते और सुंदर सुदंर फ़ोटो आते??...अपने कर्म धर्म मे हम पिछड़ क्यों जाते और दिखावा में आगे रहते है??? pic.twitter.com/dy7s1UgBgy— Shandilya Giriraj Singh (@girirajsinghbjp) June 4, 2019
In a tweet, Giriraj had taken a swipe at CM Kumar, Modi, Paswan and other leaders who were seen at an "Iftar" party. The Union minister posted a tweet in Hindi, saying, "How beautiful would this picture have been if a Navratri meal would have been organized with the same eagerness. Why do we hold back on our own faith and get into pretense."
Meanwhile, responding to Giriraj's remarks, CM Kumar said, "Giriraj Singh makes such remarks deliberately so that you (media) make news out of it." The Bihar CM was talking to reporters over the matter. Giriraj's comments came even as Kumar was already upset over his party Janata Dal (United) being denied more than one cabinet seat in PM Modi's government.
Bihar CM JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Union Minister Giriraj Singh's tweet on Iftar: He (Giriraj Singh) does all this so that media makes news out of it. pic.twitter.com/DXti8QKxtB— ANI (@ANI) June 4, 2019
Giriraj's BJP colleague and Bihar Deputy CM, Modi, also responded sharply, saying, "I don't know what he tweeted. Let me say, I am proud to be a Hindu. I take part in Holi programs too, not just Iftar." "I have been a part of Iftar celebrations for 25 years. People who never hosted a Holi Milan party are raising questions today," he said.