New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda has summoned Union Minister Giriraj Singh over his recent controversial remark wherein he had referred Deoband as the fountainhead of terrorism. Also Read - UP News: 21 Fresh Coronavirus Cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Total Tally at 591

Singh while addressing a gathering at UP’s Saharanpur had said, “I had once stated that Deoband is the Gangotri of terrorism. All the major terrorists from across the world have been born here.” Also Read - 'Govt Penalising Doctors', Delhi Medical Association Hits Out at CM Kejriwal For Warning Hospitals Over COVID-19 Crisis

After facing flak for his statement, the Union Minister said that he stands by his statement. “If someone has a problem then ask Uttar Pradesh police to list how many people are involved in terror activities”, Singh told reporters. Also Read - Procure And Stock PPE Kits, Oxygen Masks For 3 Months, Delhi Govt Directs Hospitals Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Earlier Union Home Minister Amit Shah had publicly disapproved of some of the controversial statements made by BJP leaders during the campaign for Delhi Assembly elections. ”

Provocative remarks by party campaigners such as “goli maaro” and “India vs Pakistan” should not have been made”, the former BJP president had said.

Shah’s admission and Nadda’s summoning of Giriraj Singh come after the BJP suffered humiliating defeat in Delhi Assembly election 2020. Their actions appeared an attempt to tone down the provocative statements of BJP leaders as the party set to begin preparations for the Bihar Assembly elections, scheduled to be held in October 2020.