The Union Minister had met members of jailed Bajrang Dal activists’ families in Nawada on Sunday

Union Minister Giriraj Singh’s meeting with the families of jailed Bajrang Dal activists in Nawada is unacceptable, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday.

“An open display of sympathy for those the administration has found guilty on some counts is improper… if someone appears to have been wrongly arrested, he should move the court,” Mr. Kumar told journalists on the sidelines of his weekly public interaction programme in Patna. His government would not tolerate any attempt to disturb communal harmony.

However, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra disagreed with him. “What is wrong if Giriraj Singh as a public representative went to his constituency and met someone?… Law will take its own course and whoever is guilty will be punished,” he said.

State BJP leader and party MLC Sanjay Paswan said: “Nitish Kumar is a highly respectable leader, but it has been problem with the socialists that they do not rise above the politics of appeasement,” he said.

The Union Minister on Sunday met family members of Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists arrested last week on charges of inciting communal tension during the Ram Navami celebrations in Nawada district in March.

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