On Sunday, the Union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Giriraj Singh was “censured” by the Election Commission for his controversial remark against Muslim community.

Gririraj Singh was addressing a rally at Begusarai in Bihar where he said in Hindi, “Those who cannot say Vande Mataram or cannot respect the motherland, the nation will never forgive them. My ancestors died at the Simaria Ghat and did not need a grave but you need three handspans of space.”

The poll body has condemned his statement and has asked him to be careful with what he says during the enforcement of the model code period. According to the model code and directions of the Supreme Court, it has been clearly stated that religion can not be used while making statements during campaigning. The Election Commission stated that Mr. Singh has violated the rules of the Supreme Court.

On April 25, the Begusarai district administration charged Mr. Singh for violating the poll code and the Representation of the People Act by making controversial remarks against Muslims at a rally on April 24. In the meeting, Amit Shah was also present there.

This is not the first time that the BJP leader has made such communal remarks. Previously, in 2014 Lok Sabha election he was barred from campaigning in Bihar as well as Jharkhand over controversial remarks.

Mr. Singh is locked in a three-concerned contest with CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Tanveer Hasan in the Begusarai Lok Sabha constituency.

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