JDU used ‘Toilets First, Temples Later’ Slogan Before Modi or Congress, Says Nitish Kumar
Janata Dal United chief Nitish Kumar has entered the tug of war between Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress over the phrase 'toilets first, temples later' when he said that the slogan was coined by his state administration six years ago.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has reportedly said that people who have no toilets will not be permitted to enter local body elections in his state.
He also claimed that he had pioneered the phrase 'toilets first, temples later' years ago. "Officials popularised the concept among the people, but some people are now talking about toilet first and temple later," Nitish told PTI, without naming BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi.
- FOLLOW US
- Follow @ibtimesindia
It was Gujarat CM Narendra Modi who had championed that toilets be built before temples during a rally last month, following which members of the BJP and affiliated right wing organisations attacked him.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh too had squabbled over the copyright of the slogan saying he had made the remark months before Modi did. "He's got enlightenment finally, but 22 years too late. Had he had the same realization earlier India would have been spared the trauma of the Babri Masjid tragedy and subsequent events," the congress minister had said.
While addressing a function on World Sanitation Day in Patna on Tuesday, Nitish also said that the Panchayati Raj Act had to be amended to ensure that more toilets are built in Bihar and to increase public awareness on sanitation.
He assured that every household in Bihar will have a toilet by 2020.
To report problems or to leave feedback about this article, e-mail:
To contact the editor, e-mail:
- Watch Free IPL 7 Match 2: Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Live Streaming Information
- IPL-Twitter Partnership Set to Enhance On Air, On Ground and Online Experience for Fans
- Katrina Kaif Acting Cold towards Hrithik Roshan on 'Bang Bang' Sets?
- Lok Sabha Elections 2014: BJP-TDP Tie-up Faces Trouble over Seat Allotment, Pawan Kalyan Tops Google Celebrities' List
- Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Sonia Gandhi Claims Full Credit for Telangana, Slams TRS, TDP, YSRCP
- Pawan Kalyan, Chiranjeevi, Nagma among Most Searched Celebrity Candidates