“Build toilets first and temples later”: Narendra Modi
NEW DELHI: Build toilets first and temples later, said Hindutva icon and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday.
“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’ (toilet first, temple later),” he said.
Touting the slogan of development that could take the country on the path of speedy progress, Modi said lakhs of rupees were spent on temples in villages, but there were no toilets there.
Invoking Mahatma Gandhi‘s thoughts, he lamented that it was ironic that women in the country had to go in the open for easing themselves in the absence of toilets. He said that for good governance and speedy progress, it was necessary for planners to focus on outlay, outcome and social audit.
“Country needs more toilets”: Jairam Ramesh
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 organizations and NGOs protesting against the remark.
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