Lawyer-politician Prashant Bhushan on Sunday stoked a controversy with certain remarks on Lord Krishna while criticising the ‘anti-Romeo’ drive in Uttar Pradesh, following which police complaints were filed against him.
‘Romeo loved just one lady, while Krishna was a legendary eve teaser. Would (UP CM Yogi) Adityanath have the guts to call his vigilantes Anti-Krishna squads (sic)?’ Bhushan tweeted.
As the controversy erupted, he tried to control damage by tweeting later that his remarks had been distorted and he had no intention of hurting religious sentiments.
‘My tweet on Romeo brigade being distorted. My position is: By the logic of Romeo Brigade, even Lord Krishna would look like eve teaser. (sic)
‘We have grown up with legends of young Krishna teasing Gopis. The logic of Romeo squad would criminalise this. Didn't intend to hurt sentiments (sic),’ he added in another tweet.
However, by then separate police complaints had been filed against him by Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Tajinder Pal Bagga in the national capital and UP Congress spokesperson Zeeshan Haidar in Lucknow.
“I have lodged a police complaint against Prashant Bhushan for his indecent remarks on Lord Krishna, who is revered across the world. This is not a question of Hindu or Muslim. The tweets of Bhushan have hurt sentiments of crores of devotees,” Haider said.
The Tilak Marg police in Delhi, where Bagga has lodged a complaint, is looking into the matter, a police official said, adding no FIR has been lodged yet.
The special anti-Romeo squads of UP Police were formed to check eve-teasing after the Yogi Aditynath government assumed office last month, fulfilling one of the poll promises of the BJP.
Critics have alleged that it has led to incidents of harassment.
Stressing that his government was firm on upholding the security and dignity of women, Chief Minister Adityanath had said a state-wide drive has been launched to free public places of anti-social elements and check incidents of eve-teasing, indecent behaviour and passing of lewd comments at women and girls.
Bhushan is a leader of Swaraj India party, which he along with his associate Yogendra Yadav floated in October last year after being expelled from the Aam Aadmi Party.
Reacting to Bhushan’s ‘offensive’ tweet, UP BJP spokesperson Manish Shukla, said, “It simply reflects his narrow mindset. The tweet has hurt the sentiments of billions of devotees of Lord Krishna not only in India, but across the world.
“He is the same Prashant Bhushan, who had once said that Kashmir is not a part of India. Hence, the need of the hour is to initiate stringent legal action against him.”
BJP’s national general secretary Bhupendra Yadav said Bhushan should study the Indian epics before commenting.