As the polling day draw close in Rajasthan, both the BJP and the Congress are once again raking up issues surrounding religion and cow in a bid to appeal voters. Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that Congress leaders start offering prayers at temples when elections are near whereas for the BJP it is an integral part of their culture.
“Congress leaders start offering prayers at the temple when elections are approaching. They were not seen praying in temples earlier. Temples and cows can be an election issue for Congress, but it is not an election stunt for the BJP. It is an integral part of our cultural life,” he said at a press conference in Bansur of Rajasthan.
The comment comes just a day after Rahul Gandhi questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s understanding of Hinduism. At an interactive session in Rajasthan’s Udaipur, Gandhi said, “What is the essence of Hinduism? What does the Gita say? That knowledge is with everybody… Knowledge is all around you. Every living being has knowledge. Our prime minister says he is a Hindu, but he doesn’t understand (the) foundation of Hinduism. What kind of a Hindu is he?”
Earlier at an election rally in Bansur, he alleged it was because of the Congress, which ruled India for 55 years, that the nation was in the list poor countries and claimed the party had deceived the people.
“We (BJP) have not done the politics of pulling wool over people’s eyes. We look into the eyes of people,” he said.
Rajnath Singh claimed the Congress had established 103 ITIs in 50 years, while the Vasundhara Raje government had set up 958 new ITIs in five years.
Addressing a press conference in Jaipur, he said Pakistan should seek India’s help if it cannot handle terrorism alone.
He said that if, with the help of the US, terrorism and Taliban could be fought against in Afghanistan, then Pakistan could also seek help from India if it feels that it cannot fight terrorism alone.
He also accused the Congress of creating a crisis of distrust in politics and claimed there was a difference in their words and deeds.
The polling in Rajasthan assembly is set to be held on December 7 and the results will be declared on December 11.