The BJP was on Friday up in arms in opposition to former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, its ally within the state, for asserting that Lord Ram was a legendary character and “not a god”.
Mr Manjhi had made the comment in Jamui district on Thursday whereas addressing a operate held on BR Ambedkar’s delivery anniversary.
The ex-CM, who heads Hindustani Awam Morcha, had questioned the follow of untouchability and identified that as per the epic Ramayana, Lord Ram partook of fruits provided by a forest-dwelling devotee, Shabari.
Legend has it that Shabari, whom Dalits think about a cultural icon, bit every bit of the fruit to determine that it tasted nicely and Lord Rama accepted that with out feeling repulsed.
“Why do the higher caste folks not comply with the instance to shun the follow of untouchability? I do not assume Lord Ram was a god. However he was a personality of Valmiki’s Ramayana and Ramacharitmanas penned by Goswami Tulsidas. Each works comprise useful teachings,” stated Mr Manjhi who belongs to the Musahar group.
The BJP, which owes its rise to the Ram Janmabhoomi motion, got here out with indignant rebuttals, questioning Mr Manjhi’s personal religion and warning him of the damnation that shall befall him for denigrating a divine entity.
Former Deputy CM and Rajya Sabha member Sushil Kumar Modi stated, “It’s laughable to name oneself a ‘vanshaj’ (descendant) of Shabari however solid doubts on the existence of the one she worshipped.” State BJP spokesperson and OBC Morcha nationwide basic secretary Nikhil Anand wished to know whether or not Manjhi was an atheist, and, if not, “which god does he consider in”.
Mr Manjhi has been in politics for about 4 a long time however he owes his rise to prominence, to an extent, to the BJP.
A celebration-hopper who has been with the Congress, the RJD in addition to the JD(U), Mr Manjhi floated his personal outfit in 2015 after revolting in opposition to Nitish Kumar who made him step down lower than a yr after having handpicked him for the highest job.
The BJP, which was then hostile in direction of Mr Kumar, put its weight behind the growing older deposed CM. Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s notorious “DNA” jibe in opposition to Mr Kumar was within the context of Mr Manjhi’s unceremonious removing as CM.
Not identified for measuring his phrases, Mr Manjhi who has clinched a cupboard berth for his son, stays in information for utterances that the BJP finds too sizzling to deal with.
A number of months in the past, he had used a cuss phrase in opposition to Brahmins, blown cold and hot following a backlash, and tried to bury the controversy by holding a feast within the honor of the group.
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