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Smriti Irani corners Rahul Gandhi on 'Hindu' remark

ANI  |  Anand (Gujarat) [India] 

Union Minister Smriti Irani on Friday hit out at vice president and said the latter is doing politics over religion as his party has nothing to say on the lines of development.

Further training guns at Gandhi scion, Irani said Rahul who is currently making continuous assertion in regard with his religious identity, why did not oppose the slaughter of a cow in by his party workers few months ago.

Earlier in July, Youth activists were booked in for slaughtering a cow in public, cooking its meat and distributing it. They were charged under (IPC) Section 428 and section (ii) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.

"When few months back, some youth workers slaughtered cow in Kerala, why did not opposed it at that time on religious ground. I would request him to contest the elections on the issues of development. I think they are doing politics on religion, as they don't have anything say on development," Irani told the reporters here.

The union minister's remark came after Gandhi on Thursday said his family is devotee of Lord Shiva, but does not believe in using it for political gain.

A row was erupted over Gandhi's visit to the Somnath Temple in Gujarat, wherein his name was allegedly listed as a non-Hindu visitor in the visitor-book.

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First Published: Fri, December 01 2017. 20:15 IST