Giriraj Singh, a minister in the Centre’s Narendra Modi government and known for his communally-charged statements targeting India’s minorities, has found himself in the spot of bother. This was after former deputy chief minister of Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav, launched a blistering attack against Singh accusing him of grabbing land from a Dalit family in Bihar.
Singh, an MoS with independent charge for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, was booked by a local SC/ST court on 2 February with 32 others. This was after the complainant filed an application under Section 156(3) of CrPC seeking directions to police for registering a case against the accused, SHO of Danapur police station in Patna district Sandeep Kumar, reported PTI.
Yadav had taken to Twitter to take a dig at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asking if his inner conscience will allow him to continue with the alliance with the BJP. Kumar, while severing ties with the RJD in 2017, had cited corruption allegations against Yadav a reason for the breaking of the JDU-RJD partnership in the government.
Yadav’s tweet said, “Nitish Kumar ji, don’t hesitate. Speak up, awaken your inner voice and morality and rush to the Governor’s House with your letter of resignation. Your dearest friend Giriraj Singh has grabbed three acres of land belonging to Dalits.”
Faced with condemnation, Singh said on Thursday that Yadav’s allegations were not true as the land in question was only ‘two-and-a-quarter kattha’ and not 2.25 acre as alleged. (Watch his clarification below). This prompted Yadav to launched a counter attack adding that Singh had finally conceded his crime.
#Delhi आरोपों पर गिरिराज सिंह ने तेजस्वी यादव को चेताया…कहा- “बचकानी हरकतें बंद करें तेजस्वी…नहीं सुधरे तो तेजस्वी तो मुझे अगला कदम उठाना पड़ेगा”@girirajsinghbjp @BJP4India @BJP4Bihar pic.twitter.com/mpN5T23VYk
— Zee Bihar Jharkhand (@ZeeBiharNews) February 8, 2018
Yadav also asked if Singh had issued a threat to him while speaking to reporters. He wrote, “Dear people of Bihar, please listen to the threats being issued by union minister Giriraj. Hahaha…I am scared. Anyway. Giriraj ji is confessing in the video that he only grabbed 2.5 kattha land. Please first improve your behaviour. Why are you grabbing the land of Dalits?”
सुनिए बिहारवासियों, केंद्रीय मंत्री गिरीराज मुझे धमकी दे रहे है। हाहाहा…मैं डर गया।
ख़ैर..गिरीराज सिंह जी video में अभी मान रहे है कि 2.5 कट्टा जमीन ही कब्ज़ाए है। आप सुधरिये पहले, काहे दलितों की जमीन कब्ज़ा रहे है जनाब। https://t.co/hp7TpQC4Mb
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) February 8, 2018
One kattha is usually 720 square feet in measurement and this quite a popular way of emasuring land in Bihar.