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VK Singh Dog Remark: Govt Asks Opposition To Stop Politicising The Matter

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NEW DELHI, INDIA- NOVEMBER 24: Minister of State for External Affairs, VK Singh arrives at parliament house during the opening day of the winter session of Parliament on November 24, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The Narendra Modi government, which has promised big reforms in its first budget, is looking to push the Insurance Bill as well as the Goods and Service Tax Bill in the month-long winter session that begins today. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The government on Monday appealed to the opposition to stop politicising the row over Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. (retd.) V.K. Singh and said that the matter was now over since the latter has already apologised for his controversial statement following the murder of two Dalit children.

"This issue is being repeated and escalated unnecessarily as he (Singh) has re-iterated time and again that he in no way wanted to hurt or insult any section of the society with his statement. But we can't help it if people want to keep this issue alive for political reasons," Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told ANI here.

Meanwhile, the Congress, led by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi protested against V.K. Singh outside the Parliament today and demanded his resignation.

Rahul was joined by senior Congress leaders Anand Sharma, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should sack the Union Minister.

On 22 October, General (retd.) Singh was asked to comment on the incident in which two Dalit children were burnt alive in Haryana and he responded saying, "If someone throws stones at some dogs, will the Prime Minister be held accountable", which raised a furore.

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