JAIPUR — BJP’s state president Madan Lal Saini on Thursday claimed that Mughal Emperor was not “Great” but a “molester,” who used to organise “Meena Bazaar” to exploit women, reports The Times of India.
BJP leader also said that comparing Akbar with Maharana Pratap amounted to mocking history.
Speaking on the occasion of Maharan Pratap Jayanti, Saini said: “Akbar used to organise ‘Meena Bazaar’. The world knows that only women used to work there and men didn’t have permission to enter. The kind of misdeeds Akbar used to commit under disguise are also recorded in the pages of history.”
He further said that comparing such a person with Mahrana Pratap is a mockery of history and that this will not inspire future generations of the country.
The BJP leader also claimed that a Rajput woman, Kiran Devi, had got ‘Meena Bazaar’ closed.
He explained in his words that “His (Akbar’s) actual intention was to molest and indulge in inappropriate activites. Kiran was careful and alert. When confronted by Akbar, she pushed him to the ground and threatened him by pointing a dagger to his chest. Akbar begged for his life and pleaded that the ‘Badshah of Hindustan’ lay at her feet. From that day the Bazaar was closed following Akbar’s pledge.”
The state Congress spokesman Archana Sharma reacting to Saini’s comment said that to speak about Akbar or any other person in this manner on the occasion of Maharana Pratap Jayanti is trying to poliicise the issue.
“Facts are facts. The characters in history cannot come back and say what the reality was then. As an opposition leader, he should be more responsible in making such remarks. He should not say something which may lead to controversy. Whatever he said is irrelevant,” Congress spokesman is quoted saying.
BJP MP from Dausa, however, said. “the Congress has learnt history only from British and Marxian ideologues, and not from the intellectuals of our country. Congress only needs votes and wants to practise ‘politics of votes.’ They has also insulted Maharana Pratap Singh and distorted the fact.”
He also vowed to celebrate the Maharana Pratap Jayanti in a big way in a park from next year.