Rahul should answer whether he is a Hindu or not: BJPOctober 15, 2018 17:02
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday accused the Congress of using its leaders to build a momentum against the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya and wondered if its president Rahul Gandhi is a Hindu or not.
BJP's attack at Gandhi came following the reported comments of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor that no good Hindu would have wanted to see the Ram temple built by demolishing somebody else's place of worship, a reference to razing down of the Babri mosque in December 1992.
Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said his party wants an early verdict from the Supreme Court on the Ram temple case but the Congress is trying everything to delay it.
Congress leaders had earlier filed plea in the court to delay the matter, he alleged, adding that Tharoor is the latest to join the bandwagon by linking construction of a temple with the "demolition of disputed structure" that happened decades back.
The BJP wants a grand Ram temple and will wait for the court's verdict, Rao said, asking Gandhi to clear his stand.
"You (Congress) are conspiring to ensure that there is no verdict from the court," he said.
The Congress is doing "vote bank politics", he said, alleging that Gandhi had earlier claimed that his party was a "Muslims party".
Rahul Gandhi wears his "Shiv bhakti" (devotion to Lord Shiv) on his sleeve but he should answer whether he is a Hindu or not, Rao said.
Speaking at an event in Chennai, Tharoor had said as a Hindu he was very conscious that a vast majority of his fellow Hindus believe that this (the site in Ayodhya) was the specific birth place of Lord Ram.
"And for that reason most good Hindus would want to see a Ram temple at the site where Ram was supposed to be born. But I also believe that no good Hindu would have wanted to see that temple built by demolishing somebody else's place of worship," he said. -- PTI