Prime News, National (New Delhi), October 24:- Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani has issued a clarification after controversy over her remark on the entry of women in temples. Taking to microblogging site Twitter, the minister alleged that a “propaganda” had been launched, using her as a “bait”.
Smriti pointed that even she was not allowed to enter a fire temple to pray despite being married to a practising Zoroastrian. She said that she had never objected to the same, citing that other Parsi or non-Parsi menstruating women never go to fire temple irrespective of their age.
In a chain of tweets, the Union minister said, “Since many people are talking about my comments – let me comment on my comment. As a practising Hindu married to a practising Zoroastrian I am not allowed to enter a fire temple to pray.”
“I respect that standby Zoroastrian community/priests and do not approach any court for a right to pray as a mother of 2 Zoroastrian children. Similarly, Parsi or non-Parsi menstruating women irrespective of age DO NOT go to a Fire Temple,” she said.
Hitting out at her critics, Smriti alleged that her remark was being used for the sake of propaganda. She tweeted, “These are 2 factual statements. Rest of the propaganda/agenda being launched using me as bait is well just that … bait.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).