Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday said religion is a personal matter and not the inheritance of a party. His remarks came amid war of words between political parties in poll-bound Rajasthan, a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his party were confused about his religion and caste. Swaraj was reacting to Gandhi's statement asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi what kind of a Hindu he is as he "does not understand" the foundation of Hinduism.
While talking to reporters in Jaipur, Scindia said, "As far as religion of any individual is concerned it is his personal matter. Where do you go, which faith you follow, it is a personal matter. Any religion is not an inherited property of any political party.”
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He said religion should not enter the domain of politics and vice-versa.
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The Congress leader also attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for raking up the Ram temple issue.
"It is their habit to say 'mandir hum wahi banayege lekin tareek nahi batayege' (they make hollow promises on building the Ram temple). It is the BJP's reality," he said.
Scindia further clarified the Congress party’s stand on construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya and said the decision of the Supreme Court on the matter will be applicable on everyone and it is our responsibility to abide by it.