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Do you show concern over temples only for political mileage: Pilot asks BJP

Sachin Pilot said Vasundhara Raje, who began her Gaurav Yatra after offering prayers at the Charbhuja temple, should reply to the questions raised by the Congress

rajasthan elections 2018 Updated: Aug 04, 2018 22:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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Sachin Pilot. (HT File)

On the day BJP president Amit Shah flagged off chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s Gaurav Yatra after offerinf puja at Charbhuja temple in Rajsamand district, the Rajasthan Congress asked the saffron party whether it shows concern and talks about temples only to seek political advantage in elections.

“Can we assume that discussions and concern over temples by you (BJP) is being done for taking political mileage during elections?,” state Congress chief Sachin Pilot asked Saturday.

Congress had earlier announced to raise one question each day of Raje’s Yatra.

“Our party will raise questions each day during the yatra which Raje would have to answer,” Pilot said.

“BJP during elections has always exploited public emotions, keeping temples as centre point of their politics, which is subject of faith. BJP, in the name of religion, has always misled and imposed disruptive thoughts on public,” the PCC chief said.

He said over 300 temples were demolished in the state capital for the construction of the metro corridor. Pilot alleged that while some of the idols sustained damages in the process of shifting of temples, a number of them were stolen.

He said Raje, who began her yatra after offering prayers at the Charbhuja temple, should reply to the questions raised by the Congress.

Reacting to the Congress leader’s remarks, BJP national vice president Avinash Rai Khanna said the party has always begun its yatra after seeking blessings at local temples.

“Like the Congress, we do not do the politics of showing off. (Congress president) Rahul Gandhi had gone to temples in Gujarat and Karnataka during assembly elections and pretended to worship. The BJP does not believe in such kind of politics,” he said.

Pilot also criticized Shah for “ruining the political dignity” with his baseless remarks on AICC chief Rahul Gandhi. He said to get away from accountability the language BJP leaders are using shows their “narrow minded thinking”. Shah should name one work, which has increased the pride of Rajasthan during the drama BJP is doing in name of Gaurav Yatra, he said, adding “the reality is people are suffering from anarchy, corruption, crime and inflation under BJP government”.

In his address at the launch of the yatra, Shah said the public wants to know from “Rahul Baba” the account of works done by “four generations” during Congress rule in the country.

Jaipur district Congress president Pratap Singh Khachariya and other leaders and workers burnt an effigy of the BJP government at the Collectorate circle.

He said that the government is funding the political yatra, which is misuse of the taxpayer’s money.

“The BJP government is misusing taxpayers’ money which is a betrayal,” Khachariya said.

Of the total 58 days of schedule, 40 days will be of yatra and 18 days will be off.

Raje will cover 165 out of total 200 assembly constituencies during the yatra which will culminate in Ajmer’s Pushkar town on September 30.

First Published: Aug 04, 2018 22:25 IST