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Cracks In Mahagathbandhan? Nitish Breaks Silence On RJD Neta’s Remark On Ramcharitmanas

Breaking silence on Bihar Education Minister's controversial remarks on Ramcharitmanas, Nitish Kumar said that no one should interfere in religion.

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Amid the deepening cracks between the RJD and JD(U) over Bihar Education minister Chandra Shekhar’s controversial remark on the epic 'Ramcharitmanas', Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday broke his silence and said that no one should interfere in religion.

Speaking to the media, Nitish Kumar said, “As per my view, no one should interfere with anyone’s religion. All religions should be respected equally. Everybody's free to follow the religion of their choice. I have already spoken to him (Chandra Shekhar). The Deputy Chief Minister (RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav) has also talked to him.” 

The Bihar Chief Minister’s comments came after one of his party leaders slammed state minister Chandra Shekhar, who is a leader from Nitish Kumar’s Mahagathbandhan alliance partner RJD, and asked him to issue an apology for his anti-Hindu remark. 

Cracks in Mahagathbandhan? 

Protesting against the Bihar Education Minister’s remark on Ramcharitmanas, JDU's Neeraj Kumar along with other leaders recited the epic Hindu religious book outside a Hanuman Temple in Patna. 

"I came here out of devotion. All I would like to request is - respect Ram and Rahim by remembering the words and acts of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, Dr BR Ambedkar, and Mahatma Gandhi," Neeraj Kumar said. 

Apart from this, a prominent Congress leader and political advisor of Priyanka Vadra, Acharya Pramod Krishnam, went a step ahead and lodged a complaint against Chandra Shekhar with the Director General Of Police in Uttar Pradesh urging him to file an FIR against the state Education Minister. 

Bihar Education Minister’s anti-Hindu remark 

Sparking a massive row, Bihar Education Minister and RJD leader Chandra Shekhar on Wednesday made a controversial anti-Hindu comment and claimed that Tulsidas’ famous Ramcharitmanas spreads hatred in the society. 

Addressing an event at Nalanda Open University in Patna, Chandra Shekhar said,  "Why was Manusmriti burnt, because many abuses were given in it against a large section. Why was Ramcharitmanas resisted and which part was resisted? Lower caste people were not allowed to access education and it is said in the Ramcharitmanas that lower caste people become poisonous by getting an education as a snake becomes after drinking milk."

Further stating that Manusmriti and Ramcharitmanas spread hatred in society, the Minister said, "Manusmriti, Ramcharitmanas, Bunch of Thoughts by Guru Golwalkar... these books are books that spread hatred. Hatred will not make the country great, love will make the country great."

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