Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Union Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Balyan, Unnao MP Sakshi Maharaj and Uttar Pradesh MLA Sangeet Som, an accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots, were "summoned" to BJP president Amit Shah's office where they were "reprimanded" and warned against making comments that "threaten to derail" the Modi government's "positive agenda", a senior party functionary said.

"Khattar, Balyan, Sakshi Maharaj and Som were summoned to Amit Shah's office and were reprimanded in person for their controversial utterances as because of these the positive agenda of the Modi government like employment generation, poverty reduction and development get somewhat derailed," he said.

The BJP functionary said "displeasure" was also telephonically conveyed to MoS for culture and tourism Mahesh Sharma.

"Besides, a message has been sought to be conveyed to the entire party hierarchy that leaders should desist from making statements that create unnecessary controversy. People prone to making controversial statements have also been conveyed the party's unhappiness," he said.

The move came a day after one of BJP's oldest allies Shiromani Akali Dal termed the lynching of a Muslim man in Dadri last month over beef eating rumours a "shame" for the country and said what happened after that was "damaging the Prime Minister more than anybody else".

SAD MP Naresh Gujral had said, "What happened after the lynching incident in UP is damaging the NDA, the BJP and damaging the Prime Minister more than anybody else."

He deplored that "motormouths" were not paying heed to even Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that no action was being taken against them.

"But unfortunately, no action has been taken against anybody...motormouths are not paying heed to what the Prime Minister has said. It is high time some action is taken against anybody so that a strong message goes all the way in Sangh Parivar that this kind of nonsense will not be tolerated," he had said.

However, Congress dismissed Shah's exercise as "mere gimmick" and "empty formality" after the "horse has bolted".

"What is the point of closing stable door after horse has bolted? For 18 months such divisive and provocative statements and actions have been recurring with monotonous regularity. So, after 18 months Amit Shah has found time to chastise MPs and ministers.

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