New Delhi, January 30: With Congress Parliamentarian From Kerala Shashi Tharoor taking a jibe at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Ganga dip in Prayagraj on Tuesday, BJP has launched a scathing attack against him. Taking cognisance of the report, the BJP commented that the Congress leader neither has any understanding of the Hindu culture and nor does he knows the importance of taking a bath in the Ganga river.
Reacting on the Tharoor’s comments, UP minister Siddharth Nath Singh said, as reported by the Hindustan Times, “How will he understand the importance of Kumbh? The atmosphere he’s in, the culture he has been brought up in, doesn’t understand this. You people have committed a lot of misdeeds, take a holy dip in Kumbh, and you might be able to repent for your sins.” Kumbh Mela 2019: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, Ministers Take Dip in Sangam; Watch Video.
Not only Nath, but Tharoor’s comments also left BJP spokesman Nalin Kohli miffed. Calling the tweet of the Thiruvananthapuram MP as unfortunate, he said, as reported by ANI, “This is very unfortunate. An extremely educated and respected person like Tharoor always comes up with such kind of comments related to practices of the Hindu religion.”
Adding on, he said, “One will never find his tweet related to beliefs and practices of Islam, Christianity or any other religion. Why does he do so? If somebody goes to Kumbh to take a holy bath in river Ganga, will they dress in a suit, tie etc.? Yogi Ji along with other ministers took a dip at Sangam Ghat on an auspicious day. Tharoor must show respect for other people too."
Earlier on Tuesday, Tharoor took a jibe at Adityanath’s Ganga dip and wrote on his Twitter handle (in Hindi), "Ganga bhi swachh rakhni hain, aur paap bhi yahi dhone hain. Iss Sangam mein sab nange hain. Jai Ganga Maiya ki!" (Ganga has to be kept clean and sins also have to be washed there. In this Sangam everyone is naked. Hail Goddess Ganga!).”
गंगा भी स्वच्छ रखनी है और पाप भी यहीं धोने हैं। इस संगम में सब नंगे हैं!
जय गंगा मैया की! pic.twitter.com/qAmHThAJjD
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) January 29, 2019
This is not the first time Tharoor’s comments have upset the BJP. In his older tweets, the Congress parliamentarian had commented on BJP leaders and taken many jibes. However, this time the BJP supporters mentioned former prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru and Sonia Gandhi taking a dip in Ganga. Some even suggested Rahul Gandhi take a dip.