Now, Narendra Modi dragged into Jethmalani-Lord Rama row

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New Delhi, Nov 14: Controversy over Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani's statement on Lord Rama continues as Congress leader Digvijay Singh dragged Narendra Modi into the row.

The General Secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Tuesday, Nov 14 asked Gujarat Chief Minister to express his opinion about Jethmalani's statement in which he had called Lord Rama a "bad husband".

"He (Jethmalani) is now special to Narendra Modi but Modi should come to the fore and tell whether he is in tune with his (Jethmalani's) statement or not," said Digvijay Singh.

The Congress leader brought Modi into the controversy as Jethmalani has been supporting Modi openly for the party's PM candidate post for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2014.

Jethmalani also demanded BJP president Nitin Gadkari's resignation and asserted that the party should not delay to announce Modi's name for PM's post.

Reminding people about Jethmalani's stand on defending killers of Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi, Mumbai terror attacks terrorist Ajmal Kasab and many more, Digvijay Singh urged the people of the nation to do justice while passing their judgement on Jethmalani.

The Congress leader said, "It is better you understand who is Ram Jethmalani. Ram Jethmalani's remark on Lord Rama is condemnable. He defended the killers of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi in court. He defended Kasab and Afzal Guru. So, what do we expect from such a person."

Digvijay's statement surfaced at a time when a local religious leader in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh announced a reward of Rs five lakh to all those who would spit on Ram Jethmalani's face. The swami strongly criticised Jethmalani's statement on Lord Rama saying, "...Jethmalani is a lucky man that he could get away with such a lenient punishment for such an unpardonable act."

Speaking at a function on Thursday, Nov 8 to launch a book on man-woman relationship, Jethmalani had said, "Ram was a bad husband. I don't like him at all. Just because some fisherman said something, he sent that poor woman (Sita) to exile."

He also took a jibe at Lakshman by saying he was "even worse." "When Sita was abducted, Ram asked him to go and find her as she was abducted during his watch. Lakshman simply excused himself saying she was his sister-in-law and he never looked at her face, so he wouldn't be able to identify her," Jethmalani stated.

Earlier, he spoke against the misuse of religion and said, "Today we are at the crossroads of the very fate of this planet. Religion has totally changed. Religion has produced terror. Religion has produced those who issue fatwas of murder..."

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