Union Minister Giriraj Singh has been schooled by newly elected Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah for mocking party leader Sushil Modi and ally Nitish Kumar for attending an Iftar dinner. Singh took Twitter to target Bihar Chief Minister and Dy CM.
According to reports, Amit Shah telephoned the BJP leader and reportedly asked him to avoid such statements and it should not happen again.
In the tweet, Giriraj Singh took a dig at BJP leaders and allies saw attending an Iftar party and seen in group photos. "How beautiful would this picture have been if a Navratri meal would have been organised with the same eagerness. Why do we hold back on our own faith and get into pretence," Mr Singh wrote in Hindi.
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
Nitish Kumar responded to Singh’s comment hours later, "Giriraj Singh makes such remarks deliberately so that you (media) make news out of it,” Kumar said.
Sushil Modi had a sharper response to Singh’s remark: "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."
In the photos of an Iftar party, it featured Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his Deputy Sushil Modi of the BJP, another ally Ram Vilas Paswan, his son Chirag Paswan and the Iftar host, Jitan Ram Manjhi of the Hindustan Awam Morcha (Secular), which was a part of the opposition coalition.