On Thursday evening UP deputy CM Dinesh Sharma said that Sita’s birth in the “Ramayana” was evidence of a “test-tube baby project”. In less than 24 hours, the top BJP leadership asked him to exercise restraint.
He said,”Sitaji ka janm hua toh ghadey se hua…us samay test-tube baby ka koi na koi project raha hoga jo hal chalaya Janakji ne aur ghadey se baby nikli woh Sitaji ban gayi…yeh jo aaj ka jo technology hai test-tube baby…woh raha hoga.”
Bhupendra Yadav general secretary of BJP spoke to Sharma on Friday following instruction from the top leadership. “The party believes that Sharma’s views are uncalled for and he should not have made such a statement,” the BJP functionary added.
In Bihar and Nepal, there were protests against Sharma’s remarks and effigies were burned at a few places. A BJP functionary said, “His (Sharma’s) views are highly insensitive and the party has made it clear that it strongly disagrees with him.” Sharma created another controversy a day before he made the remark on Sita.
At an event in Mathura on Wednesday, he said,”Your Google has started now, but our Google started a long time back. Narad Muni was the epitome of information. He transfers a message from one place to another by saying Narayana three times.”
The deputy CM claimes journalism started during the time of “Mahabharata”, citing Sanjaya’s description of the war to the blind king Dhritarashtra sitting in Hastinapur. “If this is not live telecast, then what else is it?” Sharma said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently asked party functionaries to refrain from speaking out of turn and leave it to the authorised BJP functionaries to speak on different subjects.