Narendra Modi yesterday, while speaking at an event in New Delhi –
“I am known to be a Hindutva leader. My image does not permit to say so, but I dare to say. My real thought is — Pehle shauchalaya, phir devalaya’ (temple first, toilet later),” – Source (Times Of India)
Now, I dare all those people (you know who they are) who cried sour when Jairam Ramesh, union urban development minister said the same thing nearly exactly an year ago.
To quote him and the controversy-
New Delhi: Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh’s remark that the country needs more toilets than temples has stirred a political row. While the BJP hit out at Mr Ramesh for hurting the ‘fine fabric of faith and religion’ in the country, his own party, the Congress, disapproved of it.
On Friday Mr Ramesh had said, “I think toilets are more important than temples. No matter how many temples we go, we are not going to get salvation. We need to give priority to the toilets and cleanliness.” -Source (NDTV)
I don’t understand how does saying of the same thing by different people make BJP and Congress react differently.
They were nearly the same statements, BJP even then knew, that Jairam Ramesh’s statement had genuine intentions and not hurting religious sentiments, but they were helpless, they had to score political and communal points at any cost. But now when it comes to their own (super) man saying exactly the same thing, no one bats an eye. Why? Modi can say anything?? Isn’t it hurting religious sentiments NOW, damaging the “fine fabric”??
It isn’t, and it never did, even with Ramesh’s statement, but media, BJP, even Congress wanted to play it as they always do. Safe.