Congress' senior spokesperson Ajay Maken also demanded that Union Minister V K Singh be removed from the council of ministers for his remarks that the debate over intolerance was an "unnecessary" creation of very imaginative minds being "paid with a lot of money".
    
"We do not want to associate with Mani Shankar Aiyar. He should make statements after careful consideration. In no way, you can justify... It was an inhuman action in which so many people have been killed," Maken said at the AICC briefing.
    
Reacting to the terror attacks in Paris on Friday killing 129 people, Aiyar had said that "the anti-Islam phobia that is being carried out in the western countries should be stopped immediately. The Muslims living in France should be provided with the assurance that they are also citizens of the country." In addition to expressing remorse, Aiyar said, "we should also think that why this situation has raised?"
    
Slamming UP minister Khan for his remarks that the 'superpowers' should think whether it was a 'reaction' to the "killing of innocents" in Arab countries, Maken said, Khan gives himself "tough competition in making senseless remarks again and again".
    
Criticising Union minister V.K Singh, the Congress spokesman said, "We want to ask Singh whether he considered the President, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan or the Dalai Lama who have raised questions with regard to this atmosphere of  intolerance as 'paid'?"
    
Maken said though the Union minister was in BJP and the UP minister in Samajwadi Party, they represented "blatant mainstreaming of the fringe that has happened in recent months". Making a strong pitch for immediate removal of Singh and Khan, he said both of them are "very important" ministers and this was not for the first time that they have made controversial comments.

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