26 Dec 2023

UP: Dimple Yadav, Akhilesh respond to controversy sparked by Swami Prasad Maurya's contentious remarks on Hindu religion

Samajwadi Party MP Dimple Yadav has now reacted to the controversy that started with the statement of SP leader Swami Prasad Maurya.

Dimple Yadav said, "From the very beginning, the National President has said that these are his personal views. These are not the views of the Samajwadi Party. SP does not support the views of Swami Prasad Maurya in any way."

Just a day before, Swami Prasad Maurya had said that Hindu religion is a fraud.

Even before this, Maurya had been in controversies many times due to his statements.

Addressing a public meeting, Maurya said, “Hinduism is a fraud, anyway in 1995 the Honorable Supreme Court had said in its order that Hinduism is not a religion, it is a way of life of the people.”

He said, "Not only this, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has also said. -He said on several occasions that there is no religion called Hindu but it is an art of living of the people."

There should be no comment on religion and caste: Akhilesh

Following Maurya’s remarks, Akhilesh Yadav advised that there should be no comment on religion and caste.

Addressing the representatives of Kannauj's Prabuddha Samaj and Maha Brahmin Samaj Panchayat at the party's state headquarters in Lucknow, Akhilesh Yadav advised that leaders should avoid making comments on religion and caste.

Some party workers had objected to the statements of Swami Maurya without taking his name.

When the issue was raised in the Panchayat, Akhilesh agreed that this thing should be curbed at any cost.

Even before this, many Brahmin leaders of the party had complained to Akhilesh over statements made by Swami Maurya.

Earlier too, on many occasions, Maurya had made controversial remarks on Hindu religion.

Maurya, a prominent OBC leader in Uttar Pradesh, had earlier also kicked up a controversy by alleging that certain verses of the Ramcharitmanas "insult" a large section of society on the basis of caste and demanded that these be "banned."

Maurya, who was a cabinet minister in the BJP government, had resigned and joined the Samajwadi Party before the 2022 UP assembly polls.

Criticizing this statement, Bihar BJP leader Sushil Modi said that Swami Prasad Maurya thinks that by abusing Hindu religion he will get the votes of backward people.

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