New Delhi: Union HRD minister Smriti Irani’s speech given in Rajya Sabha on Thursday saw the Opposition’s ire on Friday. Congress leader Anand Sharma was scathing in Parliament saying, “Smriti yesterday indulged in blasphemy.”
Irani had quoted from a poster allegedly circulated by students on ‘Mahishasura martyrdom day’.
The poster Irani quoted from in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday and the Rajya Sabha on Thursday described Durga as a “sex worker” who enticed Mahishasura into marriage. “Every year, thousand of Durga Puja pandals are erected showing her in a bad light, in a sexual position,” the minister said.
Congress leader Ghulam Navi Azad demanded apology from Irani and said that the portion about Durga in her speech should be expunged from records.
“I will go through the record and will expunge blasphemous statements,” PJ Kurien, deputy Speaker of the Rajya Sabha replied.
When Congress tried to pull Irani’s leg in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) row, she said that whatever she had said was read out from an authenticated JNU document. “Documents I read yesterday are official documents from the university, these are not documents of the government,” Irani said. “And I didn’t misled house,” she reiterated.
The Congress demanded an apology from her before the House could function freely.