Controversial Congress leader, Sanjay Nirupam, has stated that PM Modi is a modern day avatar of Aurangzeb ‘destroying’ the temples of Varanasi on Tuesday while campaigning for Congress party’s Varanasi candidate.
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Talking to a group of reporters he alleged that PM Modi had ‘destroyed’ temples of Varanasi, referring to the demolition of buildings and structures to make way for the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor. However, it was reported that about 40 temples have been discovered to be hidden by these structures.
Nirupama went on to allege that PM Modi has imposed tax on the devotees visiting the Baba Vishwanath temple, just like Aurangzeb had done. He said that the devotees were charged a fee of Rs 550. “This is proof that whatever Aurangzeb could not do, Modi is doing today,” he said.
“At one time, Aurangzeb came to the streets of Kashi to destroy our temples, even when the residents had saved her temples and protested,” he said.
These remarks were made when Nirupam was campaigning for the Ajay Rai, the Congress party candidate for Varanasi. Nirupam had reportedly also justified Priyanka Gandhi’s statements calling PM Modi Duryodhan. He stated that PM Modi is proud and arrogant as Duryodhan and Ravana.
Sanjay Nirupam is not new to making derogatory statements. At the demise of the former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parikkar, he had said that the BJP was waiting for Parikkar to breathe his last breath. Nirupam is also known for his sexist remarks for which a defamation case has been filed against him. Not to mention his foul remarks on PM Modi including calling him ‘Mahishasur’ and ‘unpadh-ganwar’.