Last updated: October 13, 2022, 10:36 PM IST
BJP MLA Bansidhar Bhagat apologized on Thursday for his recent comments about Hindu gods and said he will withdraw them if they have hurt anyone’s feelings. However, he said that his intentions were not wrong and by the word patao he only meant to persuade the goddesses for their blessings. “My intentions were pure. I only meant to persuade the goddesses for their blessings. But if my words have hurt anyone, I will take them back,” Bhagat told reporters.
At an event in Haldwani on the International Day of the Girl on Tuesday, Bhagat said, using the Hindi word “patao”, “One should persuade Goddess Saraswati for education, Goddess Durga for strength and Goddess Lakshmi for wealth.”
“… what has a man… Lord Shiva lives in the Himalayas and Lord Vishnu in the ocean,” the MLA from Kaladhungi had said.
By reacting sharply to Bhagat’s comments, the Congress had accused him of hurting religious feelings through his comments.
A group of visionaries had also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Interior Minister Amit Shah to take action against Bhagat, a former president of BJP unit Uttarakhand, for his remarks.
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