"The party rejects Singh's criticism. We appeal to all party leaders to observe restraint," BJP secretary and its media department in-charge Shrikant Sharma said here.

PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah today came in the line of fire with Singh, a party veteran from Bihar, accusing them of injecting communalism in a campaign that, he said, should have been about the state's development.

Refuting Singh's charge, BJP said it has been ruling maximum number of states and has more MLAs today under Modi's and Shah's leadership than any other party.

"We are proud that under PM Modi's leadership we are running maximum number of state governments and have more MLAs than any other party," Sharma cited.

He said the party had won local elections in seven states under the current leadership, a reference to Shah's stewardship, besides winning assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir.

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