Offering prayers at temples is an integral part of its culture for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), whereas leaders of the Congress party visit religious places when elections are near, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday. Temples and cows were not an elections stunt for the BJP, the home minister said while addressing a press conference in Alwar district's Bansur.
"Congress leaders start offering prayers at temple when elections approach. They are not seen praying in temples earlier. Temples and cows can be an election issue for the Congress, but it is not an election stunt for the BJP. It is integral part of our cultural life," Singh said.
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Earlier at an election rally in Bansur, he alleged it was because of the Congress, which ruled India for 55 years, that the nation was in the list poor countries and claimed the party had deceived the people.
“We (BJP) have not done the politics of pulling wool over people's eyes. We look into the eyes of people," he said.
Pakistan should seek India's help if it cannot handle terrorism alone, Singh said while addressing a press conference in Jaipur.
He said that if, with the help of the US, terrorism and Taliban could be fought against in Afghanistan, then Pakistan could also seek help from India if it feels that it cannot fight terrorism alone.
"Jammu and Kashmir is not an issue. It is integral party of the country and it will remain so. The issue is of terrorism, and Pakistan can discuss it," Singh said.
Rajasthan will go to polls on December 7 and the votes will be counted on December 11.