New Delhi: In what could be a major embarrassment for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), senior member Ram Jethmalani on Thursday called Ram, the protagonist in the epic 'Ramayana', a bad husband. Jethmalani was attending the release of a book on man-woman relationship when he made the remark.
Responding to a query, Jethmalani said that Ram was a bad husband as he sent his wife Sita to exile for no specific reason. "Ram was a bad husband. I don't like him at all. Just because some fisherman said something, he sent that poor woman (Sita) to vanvaas (exile). Lakshman was even worse. When Sita was abducted, Ram asked him to go find her as she was abducted under his watch. Lakshman simply excused himself saying she was his sister-in-law and he never looked at her face, so he wouldn't be able to identify her." Jethmalani said to laughter from the audience.
Jethmalani is currently engaged in a probity battle with BJP president Nitin Gadkari, whom he has been pressing to resign in the face of corruption allegations against him. His statement is bound to raise hackles within the party that has just emerged from an equally controversial remark made by Gadkari, who equated the IQ level of Swami Vivekananda with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.