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Union min Giriraj Singh's meeting with jailed Bajrang Dal activists 'not acceptable': Nitish

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Bihar Kumar today said Giriraj Singh's meeting with jailed activists in district was "not acceptable" and made it clear that his government would not tolerate any attempts to disturb communal harmony in the state.

Singh, who represents in the Lok Sabha, had on Saturday called on the jailed activists, one of whom was arrested recently in connection with a communal flare-up that took place last year, and the remaining were held while trying to enforce a bandh in protest.

His visit to the activists in the jail came close on the heels of felicitating eight convicts in the Ramgarh lynching case after they came out of prison on bail in

The had told reporters yesterday at the house of one of the jailed activist that he saw the arrests as an "attempt to suppress the Hindus", even when the other side was at fault and remarked that he "felt helpless" at not being able to do anything in this regard though his party was in the ruling coalition in the state.

Replying to a query about the episode, Kumar said, "This was not acceptable. One may have an opinion about anything and may express it at a proper place. But an open display of sympathy for those whom the administration has found guilty on some counts, is not proper. If someone appears to have been wrongly arrested, one should move the court against it."

The was talking to reporters in the presence of his deputy after his weekly public interaction 'Lok Samvad' programme.

Asked about Singh's remarks with allegedly communal overtones, Kumar said, "There are many attempts in today's society to disturb social harmony. People have given up decorum in speech. But our government has always been committed to maintaining communal harmony and no attempts to disturb the same will be encouraged, or even tolerated."

Asked about some Muslim leaders reportedly favouring setting up of Sharia courts, the said, "Personally, I am in favour of a uniform civil code. But that must follow a national consensus."

"A uniform civil code would be ideal for a democratic society like ours. But that would require extensive discussions with members and leaders of all the communities. We must remember that many customs, which majority holds dear, may also have to go," Kumar added.

Meanwhile, reacting to the chief minister's disapproval of the stance adopted by Singh, told some regional channels that "Kumar is our highly respectable leader. But it has been a problem with the socialists that they do not rise above the of appeasement".

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 15:40 IST