New Delhi: In a bid to ‘save’ Sanatan Dharma, Union Minister Giriraj Singh  announced that he shall be prefixing his ‘gotra’ to his name and, henceforth, be called ‘Shandilya Giriraj Singh’.  The BJP leader, who represents Nawada Lok Sabha seat in Bihar, made the announcement on micro blogging site Twitter. He also asked Hindus to follow the practice and save their religion.

“To save the country, Sanatana has to be saved and to save Sanatan, we will have to tread the path shown by sages and seers and attach ourselves to our respective Gothras. From today, I change my name to Shandilya Giriraj Singh, after Rishi Shandilya. I request all Sanatanis to prefix their Gothras to their names”, Singh tweeted in Hindi.

Singh, the Union minister of state (independent charge) for micro, small and medium enterprises, is no stranger to controversial comments. A few days back, he had claimed that the population of Hindus has fallen in 54 districts in the country and if population control measures are not put in place it would pose a threat to social harmony and impede progress.