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Cong condemns Bhagwat’s remarks on Mother Teresa

Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) President Sachin Pilot on Tuesday condemned Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks on Mother Teresa saying that such derogatory statement about a pious lady is unacceptable.

jaipur Updated: Feb 25, 2015 16:14 IST

Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) President Sachin Pilot on Tuesday condemned Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks on Mother Teresa saying that such derogatory statement about a pious lady is unacceptable.

“Very few people are addressed as mother and such a derogatory statement about a noble, selfless and pious lady is unacceptable. The lady who despite of not being an Indian had served Indians more than any one of us,” said Pilot at the PCC office on Tuesday.

On Monday, Bhawagat, during a function in Bharatpur, had said that that Mother Teresa served the people only to convert them to Christianity.

He said such statements are made only to evoke negative sentiments and we must all condemn this. “Such remarks are never a slip of tongue but are well planned strategies We demand the BJP should take the responsibility of these remarks and issue condemnation. Such statements harm the secular fabric and integrity of the country,” said Pilot.

He alleged that BJP and its associated organizations are making such statements to instigate people. The RSS, which calls itself a cultural organization, is promoting religion conversion and caste division in the name of social work since years.

“Such statements would not dent the image of Mother Teresa but do suggest that the BJP needs to introspect. The BJP came to power on the agenda of development, employment and good governance and should focus on delivering them. No one would have voted them to power if such sentiments had been expressed before elections,”’ he said.

Pilot hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said, “It is the strategy of BJP to play a double game and allow making such statements in public and then dismiss them as fringe elements. How can members of parliaments such as Niranjan Jyoti, Sakshi Maharaja and others be dismissed as fringe elements? They have won on BJP ticket and are there in the Parliament,” he said.

Cornering state government over swine flu, Pilot said the government has failed to check the virus. It is an annual phenomenon and the government should have planned measures to curb its spread beforehand. Around 800 deaths have been reported due to flu across the country of which 224 are from Rajasthan.

“We have called a party’s executive meeting on Wednesday where party state in-charge Gurudas Kamat, and co-in-charge Mirza Irshad Baig will take part. The government has disappointed people in last 14 months. We will raise serious issues in assembly from swine flu, failure in delivering their election promises, hike in electricity tariff to lack of employment,” said Pilot.

First Published: Feb 25, 2015 16:11 IST