Jaipur, Oct 27 (PTI) The priest of Bhilwara's Devnarayan temple Friday accused Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of concocting a story about an envelope of donation dropped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi containing only Rs 21 and denied giving any statement about it.
The Election Commission on Thursday issued a show-cause notice to the Congress general secretary over her "envelope" remarks related to the prime minister's temple visit. The action came a day after the BJP filed a complaint against her.
Priyanka Gandhi, the BJP noted in its submission, told a public meeting in Dausa on October 20 that she saw on TV that when an envelope of donation made by Modi at a temple was opened, it carried only Rs 21. She adds that she saw the news and is not aware if the claim is true or not, the BJP's complaint read.
The priest, Hemraj Poswal, issued a statement on Friday saying he never gave any statement about any envelope dropped by Prime Minister Modi.
Poswal alleged that some local leaders "planted" the news in the local media in order to tarnish the image of 'Sanatan Dharma', the temple and Prime Minister Modi.
"Recently, in rallies in Dausa and Jhunjhunu, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi presented a concocted story and mentioned an envelope, hurting the religious sentiments of the followers of 'Sanatan Dharma' and those of Lord Devnarayan," he said.
The priest said there were thousands of Devnarayan temples in the country and asked whether Priyanka Gandhi or any member of the Gandhi family ever visited one. He also asked how much the Gandhi family has donated during visits to temples.
Praising former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, he said that during her tenure, a panorama of Lord Devnarayan was made by spending Rs 4.25 crore.
Religious sentiments should not be hurt for political gain, he added. PTI SDA IJT IJT