Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh, better known for his outrageous antics involving hard-core Hindutva while being barely known for his work as a minister, after days of lashing out at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar blaming him for the epic flooding in Patna, went mum after senior party leaders reportedly told him to shut his mouth and stop causing further embarrassment to the party.

In the last couple of days, Singh has not made any statement in the press or has tweeted anything disparaging Nitish Kumar.

According to many sources in the party, a number of senior leaders including Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J P Nadda told Singh to tone down his anti-Nitish rhetoric reminding him that the Chief Minister's party was an ally of the BJP and must be treated with respect. They also said that the BJP could not escape responsibility in the flooding of Patna since it has been part of the government since 2005 with only a brief separation between 2013 and 2017 when the JD-U joined the Rashtriya Janata Dal-led Grand Alliance in Bihar.

As reported, the firebrand BJP leader had condemned Nitish Kumar in very harsh words singling out the Chief Minister for the flood in Patna that has left over 75 people dead and my sick of water-borne diseases on his shoulder.

Sources said a number of senior JD-U leader including K C Tyagi and Ashok Kumar Chowdhary had asked senior BJP leader to rein in Singh who, they said, had crossed the limit and had strayed away from the coalition dharma.

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