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Complaint in court seeks case against Modi for temple-toilet remark
Friday October 11, 2013 11:40 PM, & Agencies

A complaint was filed in a local court seeking registration of a case against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly hurting religious sentiments with his "toilets first, temples later" remark.

Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Ghambhir Singh today posted the matter for October 15.

Pandit Charmesh Sharma, a resident of Chatterpura area of the city, yesterday approached the court seeking direction for registration of case against Modi, according to news agency PTI.

Sharma said that in spite of his repeated pleas police did not register the case after which he approached the court.

According to Sharma, his religious sentiments were "severely hurt" and he was deeply pained after hearing the speech by the Gujarat Chief Minister.

Narendra Modi, BJP's prime ministerial candidate who is accused of master-minding the anti-Muslim riots in his home state in 2002, on Oct 2 had urged the students to build toilets first, temples later.

"My identity is of a Hindutvawadi, but I say build toilets before you build temples", Modi is quoted as saying by NDTV while addressing students in New Delhi.

Interestingly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had created a hue and cry on similar comments by Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh couple of months back, was completely silent on Modi's comments.

Jairam Ramesh was criticised from some quarters of the opposition, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena and the Bajrang Dal for his comments, "toilets are more important than temples in India".

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