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Toilet remark: Why Jairam slammed, Modi defended?

Last Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 20:48

Zee Media Bureau/Himanshu Kapoor

New Delhi: “The toilets are more important than temples in our country,” no these are not Narendra Modi’s but Union Minister Jairam Ramesh’s words last year for which he faced flak from Hindu outfits.

And BJP’s prime ministerial candidate has stirred up a controversy by saying that toilets need to be built first than temples in India. So, where’s the difference between the two comments? There is not. The difference lies in the BJP’s reaction over the statements.

BJP came down heavily on Ramesh, and criticised his remark saying that it is not right to juxtapose the two. But surprisingly, the BJP has now welcomed Modi’s remark, which it highlights as the man concerned about the state of the nation. With it the party raises the question that was Ramesh not concerned about the poor hygiene levels in the country like Modi is?

The Congress, which at the time of Ramesh’s remark left him on his own to clarify the statement made, has now claimed that Modi’s controversial comments exposes the BJP’s double standards.

And as predicted, it didn’t take Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh any time to attack Modi saying, “I would like to know what VHP, RSS, and the party that chose him as their PM nominee thinks of it.
The BJP with Ramesh’s remark called for clarification and caused debate all over the media, and the party now is maintaining that one should not get into debate with Modi’s remark.
What difference is the BJP seeing in both the comments and with criticising Ramesh and defending Modi over the similar remark has exposed the double standard in the party?

First Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 14:39

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