‘New For Them, Not Us’: Karnataka MLA Iqbal Hussain Calls Ram His ‘Family God’, Says He’s a Devotee

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On the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Karnataka Congress MLA HA Iqbal Hussain said Congress never uses God and religion to divide people. (Image: PTI/File)

Ramanagara MLA HA Iqbal Hussain said he is a devotee of Hindu deity Ram and will be celebrating ‘Ramotsava’ in a “grand but secular way”

Karnataka Congress MLA HA Iqbal Hussain on Thursday said Ram is his “family God” and he is his devotee. The legislator from Ramanagara also said he will celebrate ‘Ramotsava’ in a “grand but secular way”.

“I’ve already said I’m a Rama devotee. I worship all Gods and welcome them. There is no second thought about that,” Hussain said, adding that since his childhood he had been worshipping Saraswati, Lakshmi, Ganesha and Rama.

“I have decided to celebrate ‘Ramotsava’ with devotion with all the political parties in a grand but secular way,” Hussain said.

On the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, he said, “Some people do something for their political gain but the Congress never uses God and religion to divide people.”

“The Congress has an ideology, commitment and discipline, which I follow,” he added.

To a query on the consecration of Ram temple in Ayodhya in an election year, he merely said: “It is left to them (BJP). We worship all the Gods including Rama. For them it could be new but not for us. For us, Rama is our family God and we have a Pooja room. They are using Rama for politics. We are not,” Hussain said.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)

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