Togadia slams Modis toilet comment
Allahabad: VHP leader Pravin Togadia
today slammed BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for his
reported statement that constructing toilets should take precedence over
"We are stunned and shocked to hear about the unnecessary mention of
temples by Narendra Modi in a statement wherein he was talking about the
need for better sanitation facilities in the country," the VHP
international working president said in a statement.
"We too believe in the need for better hygiene. But the way temples were
dragged in the matter was uncalled for.
"It is nothing short of an insult to the Hindu society," Togadia said.
"A similar statement was made by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh which had
drawn strong condemnation from the BJP.
"We expect the BJP to once again rise to the occasion and condemn the
statement made by its own Prime Ministerial candidate," Togadia added.
Build toilets first and temples later, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi said during a function in the national capital yesterday.
Modi said he dared to say so even though his image as a Hindutva leader
did not allow him. "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)," he had said.
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