Mayawati-led BSP today decried Union Minister Jairam Ramesh's remarks in the 'toilets-first-temples-next' row with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi that it said were against its late leader Kanshi Ram, saying the party was being dragged into the "fight between Congress and BJP" to mislead people ahead of Assembly elections in four states.
Terming as "baseless" and not true Jairam Ramesh' remark to Narendra Modi asking him if he agreed with Kanshi Ram on building a sanitation complex in Ayodhya, the party maintained that the late leader had never made such a statement.
"We condemn the statement of Jairam Ramesh. It is baseless and not the truth. It's an attempt to malign image of Kanshi Ram in the fight between Congress and BJP and an attempt to mislead the people. It's totally unfair," a BSP spokesperson said here.
"Kanshi Ram had never made such a statement (regarding toilets at disputed site at Ayodhya) in his entire life. Such misleading statements are being circulated to mislead people keeping in mind assembly elections in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh," he said.
It is a conspiracy against BSP movement and its leadership, he alleged.
"Had construction of toilet at Ayodhya been desire of Kanshi Ram, why BSP government in UP would not have tried to fulfill it like his other desires?" he said.
Jairam Ramesh had yesterday targeted Narendra Modi for his "toilets first, temples later" remark, asking him if he agreed with Kanshi Ram, who had said during the BJP's Ayodhya movement that the solution to the Ayodhya controversy is to build a giant sanitation complex.
The Minister, who had come under attack from Sangh outfits months back for favouring toilets over temples, had targeted Narendra Modi for speaking on the same lines, saying it was borne out of his "blind desire for the PM's post".