Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday pulled up its Bihar leader Giriraj Singh for his remarks, Congress and Janata Dal (U) petitioned the Election Commission and demanded lodging a criminal case against him. An FIR has been filed against Giriraj Singh in Mohanpur police station in Deoghar district in Jharkhand.
Congress' Saifudin Soz asked the Supreme Court to take notice of Singh's statement. At a rally in Jharkhand on Saturday, Singh in presence of former president Nitin Gadkari, said those opposing Modi will have to go to Pakistan after elections, evoking sharp criticism. Distancing itself from remarks, BJP president Rajnath Singh said the party believes in the politics of "justice and humanity" and taking everybody along. Party sources said Giriraj has been conveyed the party's displeasure over his statement and asked to refrain from stoking any further row.
The Congress and the JD(U) approached the Election Commission seeking criminal proceedings against Singh over his remarks.
In a letter to the EC, AICC secretary KC Mittal said the statement by Singh had been calculatedly made, not only to exploit religious and communal feelings during operation of model code of conduct but also to provoke public disorder. The Congress demanded that exemplary punishment should be imparted in this case and also sought action against the BJP. The JD(U) secretary general KC Tyagi also shot off a letter to the EC demanding FIRs be registered against Singh.
Singh is no new to controversies. Last year, Singh had threatened the chief minister Nitish Kumar that Modi will kill him if "BJP loses" all 40 seats in that state. The Rashtriya Janata Dal has said it will also go to the EC seeking a ban on Singh. "RJD will submit petition before the EC seeking similar action as was taken by the commission against Amit Shah and Azam Khan. Such language should not be allowed during elections," said RJD leader Manoj Jha.