Congress leader describes HRD Minister as ‘Manu Smriti Irani’

Manu is believed to have proposed the four-rung caste system in the ancient times

By: PTI | Hyderabad | Published: April 13, 2016 9:01 am
smriti irani, JNU, jaipal reddy, jaipal reddy on smriti irani, HRD minister, JNU controversy, kanhaiya kumar, rohith vemula suicide Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani (File photo)

Attacking Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani over the Rohith Vemula suicide and other issues, senior Congress leader S Jaipal Reddy Tuesday described her as ‘Manu Smriti Irani’.

“She is ‘Manu Smriti Irani’ because she has Manu in her heart,” Reddy said slamming the Minister over the death of Vemula, a Dalit scholar of Hyderabad University.

Manu is believed to have proposed the four-rung caste system in the ancient times. ‘Manu Smriti’ is an ancient legal text.

Reddy was speaking at a meeting organised in Hyderabad by Telangana Congress as part of 125th birth anniversary celebrations of B R Ambedkar.

It was Congress party and its leaders who made Ambedkar the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Constitution, the former Union Minister pointed out.

Ambedkar has a special place among the luminaries born in the country for path-breaking contributions he made in drafing the Constitution and working for social change, Reddy
said.

Hitting out at RSS, the Congress leader maintained it was Jawaharlal Nehru and Ambedkar who supported the Hindu Code Bill which was allegedly opposed by the Sangh fountainhead,
Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJP’s earlier avatar) and the latter’s leader Syama Prasad Mukherjee, he said.

Reddy also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly distorting facts about the Hindu Code Bill recently.

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