The Bahujan Samaj Party has denied that its founder Kanshiram had ever suggested that a sanitation complex be built at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

“This is a conspiracy hatched by the Congress to mislead people against the BSP, just when elections are to be held in four Hindi-speaking States: Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan,” the party said in a statement.

On Thursday, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh questioned Narendra Modi’s comment that he gives preference to toilets over temples. He asked the Chief Minister if he agreed with Kanshiram, who “preferred a giant sanitation complex at Ayodhya.”

The BSP said this was yet another attempt to dislodge its movement and leadership ahead of elections. “Such moves become frantic whenever we near any election.” Kanshiram had respect for all religions. It was wrong on the part of the Congress and the BJP to drag leaders of other parties in their daily war of words and mislead people, it said.

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