Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Budaun, Sanghamitra Maurya, who is daughter of Samajwadi Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya, came in support of her father over his remarks on Ramcharitmanas, saying there should be a debate on some portions of the Hindu epic.
“We take everything in a positive note; those who are having objections should look at it positively. There should be a debate on the question raised by my father and it should be clarified so that we do not face any kind of problem in future,” she told media persons here on Wednesday.
The BJP MP said the ‘chaupai’ (verse) of Ramcharitmanas called by her father objectionable should be discussed with scholars.
"My father has read Ramcharitmanas. If he has mentioned a ‘chaupai’, it is probably because that line is contrary to the character of Lord Ram himself. While Lord Ram ate Shabari's berries without giving importance to caste, her caste has been described in that ‘chaupai’," Sanghamitra said.
The MP said though she had not spoken to her father but if there was any doubt it should be clarified and there should be no debate in the media.
Sanghamitra claimed that the ‘chaupai’ was also questioned in a poem by great poetess Mahadevi Verma, saying she too had said that she was surprised why no woman had raised an objection to it.
Swami Prasad Maurya, a prominent Other Backward Class leader in Uttar Pradesh, kicked up a controversy recently by alleging that certain verses of Ramcharitmanas "insult" a large section of society on the basis of caste and demanded that these be "banned".
Samajwadi Party has maintained a distance from Maurya and said the comments were personal. It claimed that the remarks were made by Maurya in his personal capacity and not as a member of the SP.
On Tuesday, an FIR was registered against Maurya for his remarks on the epic.