Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra | Photo: ANI
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra | Photo: ANI
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New Delhi: Hours after Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra issued a statement endorsing the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan Tuesday, the Uttar Pradesh Congress has gone on an overdrive to portray her as a proponent of Ram Mandir.

Mamta Choudhary, the president of Uttar Pradesh Mahila Congress, tweeted a video with Gandhi’s quotes from the statement playing next to her image. 

The image is an old picture of Gandhi where she has folded her hands, has a tika on her forehead and a marigold garland around her neck — with the Ram Mandir model in the background.

 

One of the quotes from Gandhi’s statement played in the video is: “Bhagwan Ram ki kripa se yeh karyakram unke sandesh ko prasarit karne wala rashtriya ekta, bandhutva, aur sanskratik samagam ka karyakram bane (Let Lord Ram shower his blessing so that this function becomes a celebration of national unity, fraternity and cultural affinity)”.

 

Dheeraj Gurjar, the AICC national secretary and co-incharge of UP Congress, tweeted Gandhi’s statement, adding that “Ram Mandir’s construction will get its grandeur and completion soon”.

Gandhi’s quotes on Ram temple next to her image are also being circulated by the UP Congress on WhatsApp groups.

A series of Congress leaders have also come out in support of the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan — the latest being former Union minister Manish Tewari, who put out a video, humming lines from the famous bhajan ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’.

 

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and Congress leader Kamal Nath has also said the state Congress will be sending 11 silver bricks for the Ram Mandir construction. 

ThePrint had reported how many senior Congress leaders, such as Digvijaya Singh, Salman Khurshid and Anil Shastri, were upset over not being extended an invite for the ceremony.

“The way the invitations have been sent, it has been done in order for BJP to steal the credit for this entirely,” Singh had said.

The former MP CM also questioned the timing of the ceremony, urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to put it off, insisting that the timing is “inauspicious”.


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Ram sabke hain: Priyanka

Gandhi in her statement, issued earlier Tuesday, said, “Ram sabke hain (Ram belongs to everyone)”.

“Bhagwan Ram, Mata Sita and Ramayan have been highlighted in our religious and cultural texts for thousands of years,” she said.

Gandhi also invoked several poets from the past as well as Mahatama Gandhi.

“Ram belongs to Sabari, Sugriva too. Ram belongs to Valmiki and also to Bhasa. Ram belongs to Kamban and to Eshutachchan. Ram belongs to Kabir, Tulsidas belongs to Raidas,” Gandhi wrote.

“Gandhi’s Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram… Waris Ali Shah’s Jo Rab hai Wohi Ram Hai… Ram is everyone’s,” she added.


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11 COMMENTS

  1. Can The Print please disclose who has ghost written Smt Priyanka “twitter” Vadra’s statement? Somehow I can’t believe that she drafted it herself. She is still trying to copy her grandmother’s hair style.

  2. If Congress claims to be the 3 rd Class version of the BJP the voters will treat it like the 3rd Class version of the BJP ‘

  3. If she wants to regain political relevance she needs to act on few things

    1) Propose strict population control measures

    2) Hindus DON’T believe in conversion but will not accept proselytizers with fake propaganda to promote religious conversions.

    3) She has huge support in a particular community who are continually praying and ignore science as it in conflict with the religious beliefs. Ensure the community is freed from a mindset that makes them live in past. And do INDIA a favour.

    4) Inform the community that supports her that HINDUS DON’T BELIEVE IN CONVERSIONS. HENCE let’s work TOGETHER for a better future.

  4. Fake Gandhi’s are showing crocodile happiness now that there’s nothing they can do to stop the temple that they have fought tooth and nail to stop so far. Badmash fake Gandhi’s.

  5. Hindus have now dumped the Congress Party for their appeasement Politics and neglecting or ignoring the rise of Islamic radicalization, extremism, fundamentalism and Terrorism in the country. So Hindus in this country will dump Congress Party. Good Bye.

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