Araria will become hub of terror: Giriraj

Union Minister Giriraj Singh (File Photo)

File Photo: Giriraj Singh/IANS

New Delhi :  Union Minister Giriraj Singh stoked controversy on Thursday, a day after the BJP lost the Araria Lok Sabha bypoll to the RJD, and said the district will become “a hub of terror”.

Singh said Araria in Bihar was not only a border area close to Nepal and Bangladesh, but has also given birth to “radical thinking”.

“This is not only a threat to Bihar but also to the country. It will be a hub of terror,” Singh, who is Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, said.

Singh is known for making controversial remarks even in the past.

In the bye-election to the Araria seat, the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) dealt a blow to the ruling BJP-Janata Dal-United coalition with its candidate Sarfaraz Alam defeating Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Pradeep Kumar Singh by over 60,000 votes.