New Delhi: Amid protest over controversial statement over the death of two Dalit children in Haryana, Union Minister VK Singh on Sunday said “his opinions were his own”, reported a leading daily.
Singh kicked up a storm on October 22 with his comments that the Centre cannot be blamed if somebody throws a stone at a dog. Singh was trying to shield the Centre from criticism for the Faridabad incident, but his choice of words prompted the opposition to demand for his ouster.
“See, the thing is, never associate local incidents with the Central government (sarkar). There is an inquiry going on… For everything… like if somebody throws a stone at a dog, then the government is responsible…it is not like that,” Singh said in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, the constituency he represents in Parliament, while referring to the attack on a Dalit family in Haryana’s Faridabad which left two toddlers dead on the intervening night of October 19-20.
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According to Indian Express, Singh made a comment on the sidelines of a book release programme held at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata. He also took a dig at the media, saying it had the habit of misquoting people to make news more palatable.
However, a short while before Singh arrived there for a book release, he was greeted with protests and shown black flags by Left Front supporters. A group of around 60 protesters waved black flags in front of the Raj Bhavan south gate and shouted slogans of “VK Singh go back” .
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Schedule Castes issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh DGP and the Delhi Police Commissioner, directing them to register FIR against Union minister VK Singh for his dog remarks.
Taking suo motu cognisance of his comments, the NCSC also asked Uttar Pradesh Police to submit an action taken report within 10 days based on its directive of filing an FIR against the Union minister.