On the one hand, all BJP leaders are speaking openly on the Shriramcharitmanas controversy, while on the other hand, Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, Sanghamitra Maurya, avoiding the controversy arising out of her father Swami Prasad Maurya’s remarks on Shriramcharitmanas, said that She is focussing on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and will contest the upcoming general elections on a BJP ticket. Maurya has said in the past on controversies that her father is her political mentor, and she will not comment on him.
Sanghamitra Maurya said, “Now end this controversy, I have nothing to do with it and I am preparing to contest again from Badaun on BJP ticket in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.”
Sanghamitra Maurya Gautam, who was elected Lok Sabha MP from Budaun in the year 2019 on a BJP ticket, is busy preparing for the 2024 general elections. MBBS educated Sanghamitra Maurya (38) had defeated Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav’s cousin and former Badaun MP Dharmendra Yadav in the last Lok Sabha election.
On the controversial statement of his father Swami Prasad Maurya regarding Shriramcharitmanas, MP Maurya said in a special conversation with ‘PTI-Bhasha’, “All things have become clear, why is there so much ruckus on this?” Finish this matter now.
He said, “If you want to talk on some other subject, do so. I don’t want to talk about this topic now. I have nothing to do with this controversy. “On the question of contesting on BJP ticket from Badaun in the 2024 general elections, MP Maurya said,” He will contest the next Lok Sabha from Badaun only. In Badaun, we have remained constant, working continuously. You can also find out if you want. Even now I am working in Badaun and will contest the next election from BJP only. “She said,” I will contest the next Lok Sabha election from Badaun as a BJP candidate.
Swami Prasad Maurya, Sanghamitra’s father and a minister in the previous BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh, had on February 22 demanded a ban on some parts of Tulsidas’s Sri Ramcharitmanas, saying that it was caste, caste and varna discrimination against a large section of society. And there is humiliation on the basis of class.
SP leader Maurya said in a conversation with ‘PTI-Bhasha’, “The real meaning of religion is the welfare of humanity and its strength.” If due to some lines of Ramcharitmanas, a section of the society is insulted on the basis of caste, class and class, then it is definitely not religion but unrighteousness. In some lines (couplets) of Ramcharitmanas, the names of some castes such as Teli and Kumhar have been taken.
Maurya had said, “The sentiments of lakhs of people belonging to these castes are being hurt. Similarly, a couplet in Ramcharitmanas says that women should be punished. It hurts their (women) sentiments who are half of our society. If debating Tulsidas’s Ramcharitmanas is an insult to any religion, then why don’t religious leaders care about the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and women. Is this class not Hindu?
He had said, “The objectionable parts of Ramcharitmanas, which insult a section of the society on the basis of caste, class and varna, should be banned.” It was said that the chaupai of Shri Ramcharitmanas mentioned by his father as objectionable should be discussed with the scholars.
Sanghamitra, BJP MP from Budaun, told reporters when asked about the controversy over her father Swami Prasad Maurya’s remarks on Shri Ramcharitmanas, “Father has read Ramcharitmanas. Although I have not spoken to him in this regard, but if he has given an example of a chaupai, it is probably because that line is contrary to the character of Lord Ram himself. Where Lord Ram ate Shabari’s false berries without giving importance to caste, caste has been described in that quadruped.
He had said, “If he (Swami Prasad Maurya) has asked for an explanation by mentioning that line, then we think there should be an explanation. This is not a topic to sit and debate in the media. We think it is a matter of analysis. This should be discussed by sitting with scholars.
Maurya had quit the BJP and joined the SP ahead of the state assembly elections held last year. Maurya contested from the Fazilnagar seat in Kushinagar district, but was defeated. However, later the SP made him a member of the Legislative Council.
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