Congress MP Shashi Tharoor kicked up a row with his remarks at a literary event in Chennai Saturday that no “good Hindu” would favour a Ram temple in Ayodhya by demolishing somebody else’s place of worship, drawing stinging criticism from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which dubbed his party and its chief Rahul Gandhi “anti- Hindu”.
He also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could stoke communal tension for electoral gains ahead of the general elections.
“I think we have to brace ourselves for some more unpleasantness in the months to come because there has been a correlation, in the not so distant past, between the advent of elections and the stoking of religious passions, communal rioting. That’s indeed my worry,” he said while speaking at The Hindu Lit For Life Dialogue 2018.
The BJP then accused the Congress of using its leaders to build momentum against the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya!
Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that he was “astonished” to know that Tharoor believes that “true Hindus don’t want a Ram temple in Ayodhya”. This could be the view of Tharoor or Congress president Rahul Gandhi and “shows how cut off they are from reality”, he added, reported IANS.
BJP national spokesman Sambit Patra said Tharoor’s remarks exposed the Congress and its chief, adding that while Gandhi “does fancy dress shows” by visiting Hindu temples, a leader of his party makes such comments.
“These remarks completely expose the Congress….Rahul Gandhi. They are anti-Hindu,” he said.
‘Malicious distortion of my words’: Shashi Tharoor
I condemn the malicious distortion of my words by some media in the service of political masters. I said: “most Hindus would want a temple at what they believe to be Ram’s birthplace. But no good Hindu would want it to be built by destroying another’s place of worship.”
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 15, 2018
Tharoor said he was misquoted by BJP ministers and certain media outlets as saying that “no good Hindu” would want a Ram temple built on the disputed site in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
Tharoor tweeted, “I condemn the malicious distortion of my words by some media in the service of political masters. I said: ‘most Hindus would want a temple at what they believe to be Ram’s birthplace. But no good Hindu would want it to be built by destroying another’s place of worship'”.
“I was asked for my personal opinion at a literary festival and gave it as such. I am not a Spokesperson for my party and did not claim to be speaking for Congress,” he said.
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