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Bihar minister lashes out at mediapersons for not chanting

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

minister Singh has sparked a controversy after he taunted mediapersons, who did not chant 'Mata ki jai' after him at an event, asking if they belonged to

Later he expressed regret over the outburst when the state president, Nityanand Rai, expressed displeasure over his remarks at the programme itself.

Singh is the minister for mines and geology from quota in the new led by Nitish Kumar. While addressing a 'Sankalp Sammelan' of the party yesterday, Singh urged the gathering to chant 'Mata ki jai'.

But, when the minister found that mediapersons did not join the chorus, he stopped and asked if they were "sons and daughters of Pakistan".

"We all are sons and daughters of first and then a mediaperson," he said.

The minister, who is a BJP from Pranpur in Katihar district, was speaking at the BJP function attended by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, state party president Nityanand Rai and other ministers of the state.

Rai, however, expressed displeasure over the minister's remarks following which Singh, minutes before conclusion of the ceremony, expressed regret to mediapersons.

The minister told PTI today that "it was a slip of tongue".

"I was carried away by emotion and have no negative sentiments against anybody.... I said so in that spirit...But still if my brothers and sisters in media feel hurt, I express regret from the core of my heart," the minister said.

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First Published: Wed, August 09 2017. 15:07 IST