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October 3, 2013

Does India need toilets before temples?

Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi causes a stir with 'toilet first, temple later' comments.

India's main opposition party Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addresses the party workers who came to receive him at the airport in Mumbai, India, September 30, 2013. EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI

Indian prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi sparked controversy after reportedly saying that India needed to prioritise toilets before temples, a remark that some saw as contradicting his staunch Hindu nationalist politics. The leader of the main Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) opposition told a crowd of students on Wednesday: