BJP leader and Union minister Giriraj Singh known for his controversial remarks, on Tuesday said his political innings may “come to an end” with the completion of the current term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Singh’s statement comes in reply to queries from journalists at a press conference in Patna about his being a chief ministerial candidate in the assembly elections in Bihar next year.
” I did not enter politics to acquire positions of power. I am one of those party workers who entered public life to fulfill the dream of integration of Kashmir pursuing which Syama Prasad Mookerji had sacrificed his life. Modi has achieved that. So now I see my political innings nearing its end with the completion of Modi’s ongoing tenure,” he said.
Earlier, in August on the BJP government’s move to abrogate Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, taking away its special status and dividing it into two Union Territories, Giriraj Singh had tweeted, “Jai Kashmir, Jai Bharat. Abki baar us paar (this time we will go across)”.
During the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, the 67 years old Singh was fielded from Begusarai instead of his last seat Nawada. It did not go down well with him and he refused to campaign. But he won the Begusarai seat defeating CPIs Kanhaiya Kumar by a huge margin of over four lakh votes.
Singh was elevated to the cabinet rank after the Lok Sabha polls this year, believed to be close to both PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
The rabble- rouser Minister often accused of targeting Muslims, Singh in an election rally during Lok Sabha polls said that those against Modi should go to Pakistan.
Some BJP leaders in Bihar are making noises for a BJP Chief Minister in Bihar after the party performed better than the Nitish Kumar led JD (U) in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.