HD Kumaraswamy questions BJP over bricks collected for Ram Mandir construction

Bengaluru | Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday questioned the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) to present an account of the number of bricks collected by the party in the name of constructing the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

“You (BJP) keeping asking me when I will waive farmer loans. You (BJP) give an account of the number of bricks collected. The BJP has dumped bricks collected in thippe gundi (garbage bins) and pocketed the money. They have been constructing the Ram Mandir for the last 25 years now and it is nowhere near completion,” said Kumaraswamy while replying to the motion of thanks on governor’s address.

The opposition leaders in the Karnataka assembly criticized the statement made by CM Kumaraswamy. BJP MLC Ayanur Manjunath claimed the statement was ‘insensitive’ and ‘hurt the sentiments’ of those who have donated for the cause. Manjunath said that “We have patiently listened to the statements by the CM, but his offending our commitment to the Ram Mandir cause and its construction is unacceptable and he needs to retract it.”

Responding to the instant criticism over his statement, Kumaraswamy said, “I may have offended your sentiments, but people of this nation have a right to seek an account of the money and bricks collected for building the Ram Mandir. Whom have you submitted the accounts to?” He further added that “If I have offended the sentiments of the people, I apologise, I am sure all the bricks have been safely stored and secured Perhaps, in the next 15 to 20 years, the BJP will finally lay the foundation of the stone for Ram Mandir.”

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