'BJP using cow, Ram temple issues for votebank politics'
The Congress on Wednesday hit out at the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, on its third anniversary, accusing it of having failed on all fronts and using cow and Ram temple issues for votebank politics.
Asserting that the Congress has never supported cow slaughter, the party's spokesperson Rajiv Shukla said three Youth Congress activists have been suspended for butchering a calf in Kannur district of Kerala.
"Congress has always been against cow slaughter... but the BJP has been politicising this issue and connecting it with votebank politics," he said at a press conference here.
On Ram temple issue, Shukla said, "For the BJP, Ram temple issue crops up just when elections near. When it is over, they forget Lord Ram. For 25 years now, they are misleading people on this issue."
"They (BJP) use it (Ram temple issue) for votebank politics. As far as the Congress is concerned, whatever court decides will be acceptable to us," he said. Shukla mentioned Vyapam issue to take at dig at the BJP and said, "When the BJP government or its ministers are in the dock, they pretend themselves to be Vinoba Bhave (freedom fighter and social reformer) and remain silent."
On presidential election, Shukla said, "If there is a candidate on whom consensus can be built, then it is okay for us, but in the absence of a consensus, then opposition will takea call.