Janata Dal (United) leader Khurshid alais Firoz Ahmad on Sunday apologised for his “Jai Shri Ram” remark after a Muslim cleric issued a fatwa against him.

He said he had no intention of hurting anyone and that his statement was distorted.

“The CM (Nitish Kumar) told me if anybody felt hurt by my statement, I should apologise. My intention was not to hurt anyone. I have come to serve the people. My statement was distorted,” Ahmad said, adding, “I didn’t abuse anyone.”

A Mufti of the influential Imarat-e-Shariya here issued a fatwa against Khurshid Alam for shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ deeming him ostracised.

However, the JD(U) leader said that nobody talked to him about the fatwa and people decided everything on their own.

He said if saying ‘Jai Shri Ram’ was important for the country, then he wouldn’t stop himself from saying it.

“If saying ‘Jai Shri Ram’ is important for the country, then I wouldn’t stop myself from saying it. I was not just elected to serve the Muslim community. My duty is to serve the public of Bihar, irrespective of their cast, creed and religion”, Ahmad told ANI.

The newly Muslim appointed minister in the Bihar cabinet was warned that his marriage would be terminated for his “mistake.”

Khursheed Ahmed was inducted in the Bihar cabinet on Saturday and has been given the Ministry of Minority Affairs and sugarcane development.