Nothing political in PM Narendra Modi’s greeting of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on Dussehra: BJP

BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said only those who do not believe in Indian culture will find wrong in it.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:October 12, 2016 7:00 pm
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BJP on Wednesday asserted that nothing political should be read in Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeting people on Dussehra with the name of Lord Ram, who is a venerable figure for Indians.

Its comments came after some opposition parties took a dig at Modi over his saying “Jai Shri Ram, Jai Jai Shri Ram” from a Ramlila stage in Lucknow yesterday as the greeting is loaded with political symbolism linked to Ram temple issue, once a main poll plank now relegated to the background by the saffron party.

BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said only those who do not believe in Indian culture will find wrong in it.

“Lord Ram is a venerable figure for us. It is natural for the Prime Minister to take his name from the stage of a Ramlila. Those who believe in Indian culture will have no objection to it,” he told reporters.

He accused parties like SP, BSP and Congress of raising irrelevant issues to divert attention from developmental agenda as they have nothing to say on the matter.

“There is a design in their raising irrelevant issues. It is because they have completely failed on developmental front,” he said.

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    sunny
    Oct 12, 2016 at 5:22 pm
    muslim leader will say as-sallam , sikh will say wahe guru di fateh , jain will say jai krishna no one will say jai hindustan bjp is communalisng UP for 2017 election
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      Anandan
      Oct 12, 2016 at 3:06 pm
      It must be personal. As a Pm he is the PM of secular, his religion is hir personal not for the publicity,,,, WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to consute India into a SOVEREIGN, SOCIALIST, SECULAR ,DEMOCRATIC, REPUBLIC and to secure all its citizens: JUSTICE, social, economic and political; LIBERTY of thought , expression, belief, faith and worship; EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all[6] FRATERNITY uring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;
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      Anandan
      Oct 12, 2016 at 3:03 pm
      all these years we had PMs with secular credentials. Now we have a hindu PM. That is the reason people say he is not India"s PM.
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        ASHOK KUMAR
        Oct 12, 2016 at 3:03 pm
        BJP and RSS will ruin progressive India and its people.
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          Insaan
          Oct 12, 2016 at 7:43 pm
          Besides, "Jai Shri Ram" is a greeting for majority of Indians fondly exchanged by all. I will proudly greet all Indianw, including Sunny, Munzir, sacchith, and bitterhoney with Jai Shri Ram if and when I meet them.
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            S. Kumar
            Oct 12, 2016 at 4:58 pm
            For pseudo-secular Draculas, the name of Lord Ram is anathema.
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              chandrakanth
              Oct 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm
              when someone presides a function connected with a known concept / history, he talks about that belief. This was not a political function. What would other believers do- Insha Allah, God the merciful, Long live Rahul hi...Every leader has two faces- personal beliefs, public opinions. They should keep them separate. and Mr Modi knows fully well what to talk when- he is not like other political leaders- he is a statesman
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                Avinash
                Oct 12, 2016 at 3:38 pm
                What if he had said; alha hu akbar?
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