PM slams ‘loud­mouth’ state­ments on mandir

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Nashik: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Thurs­day sharply crit­i­cised “bayaan ba­hadurs (mo­tor­mouths)” and “bad­bo­ley (loud­mouths)” for mak­ing “ir­re­spon­si­ble” state­ments on build­ing the Ram Mandir in Ay­o­d­hya when the Supreme Court was hear­ing the case.

“I am in Nashik, a city as­so­ci­ated with Lord Ram. Some peo­ple have been speak­ing ir­re­spon­si­bly on the Ram temple in the past 2-3 weeks. When the SC is hear­ing the case and hear­ing all sides, why not have faith? With folded hands, I say to th­ese peo­ple, for Lord Ram’s sake, have faith in the ju­di­ciary. Why cre­ate ob­sta­cles in the process? Ev­ery cit­i­zen of In­dia must re­spect the apex court,” Modi said at a rally in Tapo­van in Nashik to mark the cul­mi­na­tion of Ma­ha­rash­tra CM Deven­dra Fad­navis’s “Maha Janadesh Ya­tra”, un­der­taken ahead of the state assem­bly polls.

The PM’s re­buke comes in the back­drop of Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray’s state­ments this month on the temple is­sue and in the wake of BJP-Sena’s dead­locked talks over seat-shar­ing. The Sena has been de­mand­ing 144 seats of the to­tal 288, while the BJP is not will­ing to of­fer it more than 120.

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