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Rahul insulting Hindus: BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20
Taking exception to the Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s remark that the Babri mosque would not have been demolished had his family been active in politics at that point of time, the BJP has termed it an insult to sentiments of the Hindu community.

“We are shocked to see how this young man and his party can stoop so low to please Muslims that they can go all out to insult the sentiments of the Hindu community. His remarks show his family is now all opposed to the construction of a Ram temple at that site, which is highly condemnable," Vijay Kumar Malhotra, senior BJP parliamentary party spokesman, said here today.

He recalled that it was the late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru who had banned the entry of Muslim worshippers to Babri mosque in 1949 and Rahul Gandhi's father Rajiv Gandhi had opened its gates to Hindu worshippers when he was the Prime Minister.

“In a way Rahul Gandhi had shown disrespect to his own father and grandfather but the larger issue is about the sentiments of the Hindu community, which he has hurt badly," Malhotra stressed. During his election campaign in the Muslim-dominated Deoband, Rahul Gandhi had claimed that the Babri mosque would not have been demolished had the Gandhi family been active in politics in 1992.

Bareilly: Rahul Gandhi’s whirlwind election campaign in Uttar Pradesh hit a road block today with the Bareilly district administration refusing permission to hold a public rally in a college campus.

Bareilly district magistrate Bhuvnesh Kumar cited board exams as the reason for the refusal. The college was the venue for the board exams scheduled from 1400-1700 hours.

“It was made clear to the organisers that once the exams begin, the public rally cannot take place and the public address system has to be switched off,” Kumar told reporters.— PTI

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