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Chidambaram's remarks against Ram temple, Patel provocative: BJP

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The BJP on Monday hit back at senior for allegedly mocking efforts being made to build a grand temple in and the dedicated to Sardar Patel in Gujarat, saying his remarks were "utterly irresponsible and provocative".

"Today, we are witnessing a classic hypocrisy in the conduct of While is visiting temples after temples trying to portray himself as bhakt and Shiv bhakt and also invoking his Brahmin lineage for the first time.

"Other senior leader, Chidambaram, has mocked temple and also the Statue of Unity," told reporters.

He said when the statue was inaugurated, the claimed that the former was theirs, and that the was seeking to appropriate him.

"Rahul Gandhi, you need to answer how do you respond to this utterly irresponsible and provocative tweet of Chidambaram designed to lower the esteem of and also the movement," he said.

The senior BJP said Congress leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and have innumerable government schemes, prizes, awards, universities and airports to their names.

"Appropriating any kind of symbolism of the modern is the plack of the family members and here is the case of one big statue of greatest unifier of forgotten in the Congress regime.

"It should not be a matter of concern to Congress if a statue is built for Sardar Patel," he said.

Chidambaram, a former Union Minister, took a dig at the BJP for promising statues and temples ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, after failing to fulfil its earlier poll promises of development and jobs.

"At the beginning of five years, the promise is for development, jobs and money in every citizen's bank account," the Congress veteran tweeted.

"Nothing achieved, at the end of five years, the new promise is for grand temples, giant statues and doles," he said as he reminded of his earlier promises of vikas (development), providing two crore jobs annually and bringing back black money stashed in foreign tax havens and filling up the poor man's coffer with Rs 15 lakh each.

Chidambaram's jibe at the ruling came at a time when the saffron brigade has been raising the pitch for the construction of a grand Ram temple in



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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 16:22 IST