Spiritual pleasure in cleaning toilets? Digvijay`s poser to Narendra Modi

Last Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 14:13

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh hit out at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for saying people who clean toilets get spiritual pleasure, asking them if he experienced the same.

I have seen an article where Narendra Modi has said people who clean toilets get spiritual pleasure. Has he ever experienced this spiritual experience after cleaning a toilet, he asked.

“What is so great about it? He has been shifting stance every 15 days. I think there is nothing new in it. The BJP has to respond, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has to respond to Mr Narendra Modi’s comment,” Singh told media here.

Also Read: Narendra Modi did not compare temples with toilets: RSS

On Wednesday, Modi, speaking at a function organised in New Delhi for the youth, 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` (toilets first, temples later)," he said.

The Gujarat Chief Minister`s comment could well stoke a controversy from within his party and sister organisations too, which are keen to rake up the "temple issue" again ahead of next General Elections.
A similar comment on toilets from Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh that the country needs more toilets than temples had stirred a row with a large number of women organisations and NGOs protesting against the remark.

First Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 12:19

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