Reacting to the recent controversial remarks by BJP leaders, Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asked his own cabinet colleagues to make statements with extra caution. He also said one cannot get away by merely stating that their statements were misinterpreted. Union minister Rjiju was criticized for backing former LG’s statement that ‘north Indians take pride in breaking the rules’.
“Both VK Singh and Rijiju have given their clarifications over their respective statements, but I think that all of us should remember that we are workers of the ruling party and we have a certain responsibility to the people, which is why we need to be extra careful and aware before making a statement or putting forth our views,” Singh told ANI.
On Thurday, Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd.) V.K. Singh, said, “Hamare yehan log har cheez ko tool dete hain (People exaggerate things in our country). For example, if I hit a dog, then, they will manipulate and give a different meaning to it. Now, if you relate this statement with previous statements and say that the general compared Dalits to ‘dogs’, it’s a shame on such journalists for manipulating the statement. That journalist should leave his job and should be admitted in Agra for treatment.
Later, Singh slammed the media for manipulating and misinterpreting his statement. He also said that media persons indulging in such activity should be sent to mental hospitals for treatment.
Rajnath said we must not forget that his party members are in the government and the people have a lot of expectations from us. He added, “In order to ensure that their statements are not taken out of context, great restrain must be exercised while saying something.”