Days after Union Minister Giriraj Singh tweeted a controversial post commenting on Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and other leaders attending an Iftar party, Singh has stood defiantly by his tweet saying that he did what he wanted and the world saw what it saw, in an interview with Republic TV on Saturday.
"I did what I wanted to do. And you saw what you saw on TV. Whether it was right or wrong, it was my tweet," he said.
When asked whether he was reprimanded by the Home Minister Amit Shah, he evaded the question saying that if one wanted to believe media reports they were free to do so adding that he was a karyakarta.
"If media reports are correct then he scolded me. Otherwise, he didn't. This kind of meaning need not be attached. I am a karyakarta and will continue to do the work of a karyakarta," he added.
Commenting on whether Muslim appeasement in the country was on a rise, he again evaded the question saying one was free to form opinions seeing the current scenario in the nation.
"Whatever is happening the entire country is seeing. You yourself must be seeing what is happening, so you can think and decide an opinion on your own," he said.
On June 3, Singh who is the Union Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries, had tweeted a post sharing pictures of JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar along with LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi attending an Iftar party.
Commenting on the pictures he had written "What a beautiful picture would it have been if with the same passion one had announced fruit-meals on Navaratri. Why do we fall behind on our duty and religion while being ahead in putting on a fake display?"
Following the tweet, Singh had been pulled up by BJP party chief Amit Shah on Tuesday, imploring him to apologise to Bihar CM and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar. He had also been told to not comment on alliance partners in such a manner.
The development comes amid friction between the BJP and JD(U) which was sparked off by the former allegedly only offering to swear-in one JD(U) MP as a minister - a symbolic offering which was turned down by Nitish Kumar who sought a representation commensurate with the seats the party had won in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.