Congress leader and MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor today clarified his stance after his recent remarks on the construction of Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya stirred up a controversy.
Writing on his Twitter account, Tharoor said, “I condemn the malicious distortion of my words by some media in the service of political masters. I said: “most Hindus would want a temple at what they believe to be Ram’s birthplace. But no good Hindu would want it to be built by destroying another’s place of worship”.
Tharoor maintained that it was his “personal opinion” and that he was not speaking on behalf of his party. “I was asked for my personal opinion at a literary festival & gave it as such. I am not a Spokesperson for my party & did not claim to be speaking for @incindia,” he added.
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Speaking at ‘The Hindu Lit for Life Dialogue 2018’ in Chennai on Sunday, the Congress leader referring to the demolition of Babri Masjid said, “while a vast majority of Hindus believes that Ayodhya was the birthplace of Lord Ram, no good Hindu would want to see a Ram temple built by demolishing somebody else’s place of worship.”
BJP’s Shahnawaz Hussain hit out at Tharoor for his remarks. News18 quoted Hussain as saying “Is he demanding a removal of the makeshift temple where pooja is performed daily in the tent? No one till now has made such a demand”.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar also slammed Tharoor and said his remarks “show how cut-off he is from reality”.
ANI quoted Javadekar as saying “Astonished that Shashi Tharoor believes that true Hindus don’t want a Ram Temple in Ayodhya. This could be a view of Tharoor or Rahul Gandhi, not of people. This shows how cut-off they are from reality and how they only become Hindu during elections”.