NEW DELHI — The Election Commission of India has issued a notice to Union Minister Giriraj Singh, the BJP’s candidate in Bihar’s Begusarai, for his recent comment in which he had said that the country would not forgive those who “don’t say Vande Mataram”, reports NDTV.
In his speech, he had also made reference of those who “need three-arm’s length of land” for burial. The poll body has taken exception to his comment, saying he has violated the code of conduct. He has 24 hours to respond to the notice.
Giriraj Singh is not new to controversies and is known for making polarising comments. He often advises his opponents to go to Pakistan.
“I want to say who don’t say Vande Mataram, can’t worship the motherland – Giriraj’s father and grandfather died on the Simaria ghat by the banks of the Ganga and did not need a grave. You on the other hand, need three-arm’s-length of land. If you don’t do it, the country will never forgive you,” he had said last week.
A First Information Report or FIR was filed at a police station against the minister for the comment for violating the Representation of the People Act, says the report.
The Election Commission has said in its notice that Mr Singh “wilfully” disobeyed the Supreme Court’s order barring the use of caste and religion during election campaign.
A case was also filed earlier this month at a court in Bihar’s Begusarai against Union Minister Giriraj Singh for making a casteist remark against a Congress lawmaker.
The Union Minister is facing a tough fight for the Begusarai parliamentary seat from CPI-M candidate Kanhaiya Kumar. Kanhaiya Kumar is a debutant candidate for the Lok Sabha but being a social activist from his student life in JNU he has a large support base.
Voting for the Begusarai parliamentary seat was held on Monday.
(With input from NDTV)