New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday hit out at Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate, for invoking Hindu deity Ram's name at a rally in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh.
In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Khurshid said that while invoking the name of the Hindu god was not violative of the polling laws in itself, the context in which it was used was violative.
"Putting pictures of lord Ram behind you is questionable. I leave it to the Election Commission to take a decision," he said. "Not the words alone, but the context and what comes before and after the speech is crucial," he said.
Khurshid also denied that the Congress was indulging in minority appeasement. "This country cannot be polarised. I reject polarisation," he said.