The Janata Dal (United) has withdrawn notices it had issued to two of its ministers - Bhim Singh and Narendra Singh-for their comments in the aftermath of the killing of five Indian Army soldiers along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch District on August 6.
Defending the move, JD (U) leader Sabir Ali said the party's notice was withdrawn after both ministers had apologied and expressed deep regret over their comments.
"There is a limit to the punishment given to a person. The party gave him a notice, asked for his explanation, and after the party received his explanation, and when the person reconciling, has apologized, then it is the responsibility of the party to examine the mistake. And, this is a case of human error and, that is why the party has taken back the notice," Ali added.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vinay Katiyar, however said: "We knew that this is what the JD-U would do because they need their ministers, and in such a case, a notice had no importance before and it has no importance even now."
The Samajwadi Party (SP) said the JD-U only cares about the survival of its government in Bihar.
"There was no question of giving them a notice. They should have been immediately removed for the way they disrespected the killed soldiers. This was just a big drama and it shows that Nitish Kumar is ready for any negotiation to save his government. It also shows that they have no love for their country or any attachment to the killed soldiers. They just want to save their government," said SP leader, Naresh Agarwal.
Bhim Singh, the JD(U) leader and Rural Works and Panchayati Raj Minister in Bihar, had said that policemen and soldiers are recruited to make sacrifices for the nation. Singh later apologised for his remark.
Days later, his colleague, Narendra Singh, gave a clean chit to Pakistan over the killings.
"I don't believe that Pakistan is responsible for the incident (killing of five Indian soldiers by Pakistani Army on the LoC in Poonch district) on Tuesday," Singh, the Bihar Agriculture Minister, said. (ANI)