On Tuesday, Bihar Minister Vinod Kumar Singh triggered a controversy when he called journalists who did not shout “Bharat Mata ki Jai” as “Pakistani Supporters”. He was addressing the media in the function of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) where he raised the slogans of “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.
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According to the Hindustan Times, He asked people present there to respond by raising their hands and when he spotted that some hadn’t joined in, he said, “You are first sons of Bharat Mata, then media persons. If you did not join me to loudly shout ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, are you supporters of Pakistan Mata?”
Singh is the minister of Mines and Geology from BJP quota in the Janata Dal-United-BJP government led by Nitish Kumar. Earlier, in the same function, he made another controversial statement i:e “sound of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ should replace azan from mosques and sounds of bells from churches”.
Immediately, he rectified his statement and said: “I told that sound of Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Vande Mataram should come from mosque and church and did not mean in place of Azan and bell.”