New Delhi: Congress leader CP Joshi stoked a controversy on Thursday by claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Uma Bharti are not qualified to speak on Hinduism. He was addressing a gathering at Sema village in Rajsamand district of poll-bound Rajasthan. Also Read - Delhi Chalo: Arvind Kejriwal Attacks Centre For Preventing Farmers From Holding 'Peaceful' Protests
Joshi claimed that only the Pandits and the Brahmins are the ones who are qualified to speak on religion. “Uma Bharti, who belongs to the Lodi samaj, is talking about Hindu religion. Narendra Modi too belongs to some other religion and talks about Hinduism,” he reportedly said. The leader also targeted Hindutva icon Sadhvi Ritambhara. Also Read - Naveen Patnaik Writes To PM Modi Urges Centre To Issue Timeframe for CBSE Exam 2021
A video of Joshi making the controversial statement has been tweeted out by BJP leader Harsh Sanghvi. “Shameful statement by Congress Leader CP Joshi. Implies what does a lower caste person like Modi know about Hinduism as only Brahmins are true custodians of Hinduism,” he tweeted. The comments by Joshi come a few days before Rajasthan goes to polls on December 7. Also Read - Ahmed Patel Passes Away: 'Lost an Irreplaceable Comrade,' Says Sonia Gandhi, Tributes Pour in From Political Circle
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra also tweeted out on the issue and termed the statement by CP Joshi as ‘appalling’.
Earlier on Wednesday, Joshi had claimed that if any government can deliver on the promise of building a Ram temple in Ayodhya, it is under a Congress prime minister. He also targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and accused the party of misleading people by raking up the Ram temple issue in the election season. “The Congress will build a grand temple after the apex court’s verdict on the matter,” Joshi told reporters in Nathdwara.
Joshi is contesting the December 7 state polls from Nathdwara. The counting of votes for the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly will be held on December 11.