Making controversial statements on the killing of five army jawans in Kashmir last Tuesday, have landed Bhim Singh and Narendra Singh in trouble with their party leadership.
Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav said show cause notices have been issued to the two for making statements that had “hurt the people at large and deeply embarrassed the party”.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said the statements of his two ministers had ‘saddened’ him. “Dukhad hai”, he told reporters who sought his reaction at a function he was attending on Sunday.
Bhim Singh, Bihar’s rural works minister, had to tender a public apology on Thursday after being pulled up by Kumar for telling a TV news channel that jawans who joined the army “were there to be martyred”.
Before the furore over Bhim’s ‘insensitive’ remarks could die down agriculture minister Narendra Singh on Saturday absolved Pakistan of any blame for the ambush in which the five jawans died.
Describing Pakistan as “our younger brother”, Narendra told reporters in Jamui (south eastern Bihar) that Pakistan could not be blamed for that ambush (by intruders from its side of the border) in J&K.