"Ramcharitmanas spreads hatred in the society. It stops Dalit, Backward Class people and women from education. It stops equality for them in society. Manusmriti spread hatred in the first era, Ramcharitmanas in the second era and M.S. Golwarkar's 'Bunch of Thoughts' in third era," Bihar Education Minister Chandrashekhar Yadav said.
PATNA — Bihar Education Minister Chandrashekhar Yadav on Thursday refused to withdraw his controversial statement on Ramcharitmanas.
“There are five to six ‘Chand’ of Ramcharitmanas’s Sundar Kand and Uttar Kand which are objectionable and I have objection to it. That’s why I said that it spreads hatred in society. I am firm on it and will not withdraw at any cost. A person announced a Rs 10 crore bounty for slitting my tongue, I want to say that please, someone get rich by doing it,” Yadav said.
“Ramcharitmanas spreads hatred in the society. It stops Dalit, Backward Class people and women from education. It stops equality for them in society. Manusmriti spread hatred in the first era, Ramcharitmanas in the second era and M.S. Golwarkar’s ‘Bunch of Thoughts’ in third era,” he said.
“If people would want to shoot me, they can do it but I will not withdraw my statement and cannot apologise,” he further said.
Earlier, Ayodhya seer Jagadguru Paramhans Acharya announced a bounty of Rs 10 crore for anyone who slits the tongue of Chandrashekhar Yadav if he does not apologise for his statement in one week.
Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that he will ask the education minister for his comment on Ramcharitmanas. “I am in Darbhanga and I have no details about his actual statement,” he said.
Samrat Chaudhary, the leader of opposition in Bihar legislative council said: “Chandrashekhar Yadav is a mentally disturbed person. The Bihar government should admit him to the Koilwar mental hospital of Koilwar in Bhojpur district.”
Hari Bhushan Thakur, another BJP MLA said: “If he is a man, he must make a controversial statement on Islam. He will be beheaded (Unka Sar Tan Se Juda Ho Jayega). He should apologise for his statement.”
“The minister of Nitish Kumar is disturbing the religious sentiment of common people. He will pay the price of it. Chandrashekhar Yadav has hurt the sentiments of lakhs of people. CM Nitish Kumar is dividing the communities through caste-based census. Hence, what can we expect from his minister,” said Chirag Paswan, MP and LJPR president.
Meanwhile, Vijay Sinha, the leader of opposition in the Bihar Assembly demanded that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar immediately register an FIR against the minister for creating differences in the society.
Sinha asked Yadav to apologise for his comment and also demanded that Tejashwi Yadav should clear his stand on this issue.
“As per the Indian Penal Code (IPC), there are provisions to register FIR under the relevant IPC sections of religious criticism and criticising God. The way he has given the statement in public domain, he is liable to face action under the IPC section of 295A. Nitish Kumar should take action against him and direct the police to register FIR against him. He should also sack the education minister from the cabinet,” Sinha said.
“The statement of Chandrashekhar Yadav has hurt the sentiments of crores of Hindu community who believe in Lord Ram. Tejashwi Yadav should also clarify his stand whether he is standing by him or not. Leaders like him can go to any extent to stay in power,” Sinha said. — IANS
Photo: Bihar Education Minister Chandrashekhar Yadav