"We can't get away by saying that statements were misinterpreted or twisted. We need to be extra careful while putting forth our views," he told reporters here in the wake of controversy over statements by Union Minister VK Singh and Kiren Rijiju on two separate issues.
    
"I feel that as leaders of the ruling party, we must all be extra cautious while making any statement," he said. Singh found himself at the centre of a row over comments that the Centre cannot be blamed if somebody throws a stone at a dog in connection with the Faridabad Dalit burning incident in which two children were killed.
    
Rijiju, the Minister of State for Home, had said a few days back that he agreed with a former Lt Governor of Delhi who had once remarked that north Indians 'take pride in and enjoy' breaking rules.

The Home Minister said that ministers and BJP leaders must ensure that their statements reflected proper perspective and did not communicate any wrong message. "We should also ensure that there is no possibility of our statements being interpreted the wrong way or sending out an incorrect message," he said.

As a row erupted over the remarks, demands were made for his ouster by the opposition, which sought registration of a criminal case against him under the Scheduled Castes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and drew parallels with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'puppy' remark in connection with Gujarat riots that had been construed as being directed against Muslims.

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