Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Giriraj Singh, the man known for grabbing headlines for his over-the-top and offensive rhetoric, a day after the BJP candidate Pradeep Kumar Singh lost the Araria Parliamentary seat to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) nominee Sarfaraz Alam, said that with Alam's win, Araria will turn into a terrorist hub threatening the entire nation.
"Some people, in order to attain their political ambitions, have spread extremism and fanaticism in Araria that borders both Nepal and West Bengal. This is certain to turn this region into a hub for terrorist activities that could jeopardize the security of the nation," the Union Minister said in the Narendra Modi government said.
Not surprisingly, Singh's statement evoked strong condemnation from opposition leaders in Bihar as well as at the Center with many demanding sacking of him from the Central government.
Former NDA ally and now a friend of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi said it was wrong to assume that only Muslims lived in Araria.
"There are Muslims, Hindus, and backwards live in Araria so how it can be termed as a den of terrorists," he enquired.
Former Chief Minister and RJD leader Rabri Devi also slammed Singh saying all the 'terrorists' were sitting in the BJP offices and the BJP leaders like him should be focusing on them than Araria.
Rabri Devi, the wife of incarcerated party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, further said that the recent election debacles of the BJP candidates have made the saffron party very nervous and that is why people like Giriraj Singh were uttering nonsense to hide their frustration.
Her son and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejaswi Yadav also mocked the NDA saying it ruled in both Bihar and at the Center and yet they cannot do anything about this so-called terrorism in Araria.
"If there is terrorism in Araria then Nitish Kumar should be held responsible for it because he is the Chief Minister of Bihar. We should ask him to step down then," he said.