Press Esc to close
Monday 24 November 2014
News updated at 10:58 PM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Toilets first, temples later, says Modi

New Delhi, Oct 2, 2013,PTI:

Build toilets first and temples later, said Hindutva icon and BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today.

Speaking at a function organised here for the youth, Modi said he dared to say so even though his image as a Hindutva leader did not allow him.

"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' (temple first, toilet later)," he said.


The Gujarat Chief Minister's comment could well stoke a controversy from within his party and sister organisations, which are keen to rake up the "temple issue" again ahead of next general elections.

A similar 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 organisations and NGOs protesting against the remark.

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.
Modi said it was the quality of a real leader to have the strength to handle all problems and lead the way forward.

He said that for good governance and speedy progress, it was necessary for planners to focus on outlay, outcome and social audit.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Bengaluru pride march for freedom, equality, justice

Bengaluru pride march for freedom, equality, justice

Asia Cup Championship for Deaf 2014

Asia Cup Championship for Deaf 2014

Kashmiri Pandit's protest against Jammu Police

Kashmiri Pandit's protest against Jammu Police

Bridal Fashion show of Trousseau week by Mirrors and Within, Latha Puttanna (Shristhi), Apranje

Bridal Fashion show of Trousseau week by Mirrors and Within, Latha Puttanna (Shristhi), Apranje

Winter Session of Parliament

Winter Session of Parliament

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix

Winners of Delhi Half Marathon 2014

Winners of Delhi Half Marathon 2014

Elderly women take part in Tug-of War during annual month long sports competition...

Elderly women take part in Tug-of War during annual month long sports competition...

A tigress in a playfull mood at the Maharajbag Zoo in Nagpur, Maharashtra...

A tigress in a playfull mood at the Maharajbag Zoo in Nagpur, Maharashtra...

Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircrafts make a formation in the shape...

Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircrafts make a formation in the shape...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523