Congress leader PC Sharma’s statement in Bhopal on Tuesday allegedly comparing “kurbani” (sacrifice) on Eid with severing of Lord Ganesha’s head sparked a political controversy with the BJP claiming his remark had hurt the Hindus’ sentiments.
Sharma later said that his statement to media outside Idgah was deliberately being communalised and blown out of context.
State BJP chief spokesperson Deepak Vijayvargiya said: “Kurbani is a mass sacrifice and mass slaughter of animals and has nothing to do with Lord Ganesha’s life.”
“Greet Muslims on the occasion of Eid and wish Hindus for Ganesh festival. Why should he mix the both? Wasn’t it totally unnecessary?” he said.
Vijayvargiya said Sharma’s statement had hurt the sentiments of Hindus and created an unnecessary controversy. “It is wrong to link Ganesha with violence, with sacrifice of animals.”
Sharma, the Bhopal district Congress president, said he had talked about the communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims and “our common Gannga-Jamuna tehzeeb (civilization)”.
“I had just said we should also take lessons from the Kurbani, the sacrifice of Lord Ganesha, whose mother Parvati had ordered him to guard the door and not to allow anyone inside. I had said whosoever makes sacrifice for country, society or dharma, should be respected and revered and we should take a lesson from their sacrifice,” he said.
Sharma said he didn’t say anything wrong but he was sorry if his statement had hurt anybody’s sentiments.
Aam Aadmi Party’s state secretary Akshay Hunka said there was no need for any politician to mix two sensitive issues.
“Such utterances on religiously sensitive issues create unnecessary controversy and don’t help at all to bring the two communities together,” he said.
According to Hindu mythology, one day Parvati instructs Lord Ganesha to guard the door and not to let anyone inside, as she was taking a bath. Lord Ganesha stops everyone at the door, including Lord Shiva. Enraged Lord Shiva beheads Ganesha. When Parvati comes to know, she insists Shiva to revive Ganesha. Shiva instructs that before sunset head of any living being should be brought and fixed. This is how Lord Ganesha became elephant-headed.