New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday accused the BJP of double standards after its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said that toilets had to be a greater priority than temples in India.

Build toilets first, temples later: Modi

Addressing college students on Wednesday, the Gujarat Chief Minister rued that many Indians still do not have access to basic sanitation. "My image is that of Hindutva but I'll tell you my real thinking. I have said in my state: pehle shauchalaya, phir devalaya (toilets first, temples later)," Modi said.

Modi hits back at PM for questioning his secular credentials

Congress leader Digvijay Singh said that this was another example of BJP's double standards. Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh drew flak from the BJP in April when he said that toilets are more important than temples.

"No matter how many temples we go to, we are not going to get salvation. We need to give priority to toilets and cleanliness," Modi had said.

The BJP's Rajiv Pratap Rudy had then said that such comments would destroy the fine fabric of religion and faith.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal activists had even protested outside the Minister's residence.


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