dog analogy: Cannot get away saying statement was misinterpreted, says Rajnath Singh on VK Singh

New Delhi(PTI): Hitting out at Minister of State (MoS) VK Singh and Kiren Rijiju for making a controversial statement, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that party leaders need to be careful while putting out their views.

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Commenting on the incident of Dalit children being burnt to death, VK Singh on Thursday said that the government is not responsible if ‘someone throws stones at a dog’ while Rijiju endorsed a former Delhi LG’s statement that north Indians ‘enjoy’ breaking rules.

Speaking to the media, Rajnath Singh said, “Both Gen VK Singh and Kiren Rijiju have already given clarification on their statements. But I feel as leaders of ruling party, we all must be extra cautious before making any statement and should also ensure that there is no possibility of our statement to be interpreted in the wrong sense.”

“We cannot get away by saying that statement was misinterpreted. We need to be careful while putting our views,” he added.

Rajnath Singh also said that he has spoken to Haryana CM, “He (Khattar) has taken cognizance of that and taking all appropriate measures,” he added.

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Arguing that the government is not responsible if ‘someone throws stones at a dog’, VK Singh had on Thursday said, “It was feud between the families, don’t connect it with the government, local administration failed. If someone throws stones at a dog, the government can’t be held responsible.”

Vaibhav, a two-and-a-half years old, and his sister, 11-month-old Divya were burnt alive after some persons from an upper caste set their house afire while they were sleeping. Their mother Rekha suffered 70% burns and has been referred to a Delhi hospital for treatment.

However, as the Opposition parties attacked VK Singh, he apologised clarifying that somebody was deliberately trying to mix his two different remarks and create confusion.

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Kiren Rijiju also sought to downplay his endorsement of a former Delhi LG’s statement that north Indians “enjoy” breaking rules and said it was not directed at one section but was applicable to the entire society. He said attempts to “politicise” his statement were wrong and added that if there were wrongs happening in the society everyone was responsible for it.

Demanding VK Singh’s immediate sacking, Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said, “It is condemnable, it is shocking, it is inhumane to say the least. General VK Singh has insulted not only the entire Dalit community of this country but all Indians. It reflects the mindset of the Modi government which insults Dalits, which insults the minorities and looks down upon the people who are poor and downtrodden.”

He also demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi sack him and tender an apology on Singh’s behalf. Surjewala said a criminal case should be registered against the minister under Prevention of Atrocities on Schedule Castes Act.