Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Bihar Lalan Paswan made a controversial statement about deities that has courted controversy.
On the statement of Paswan at Shermari Bazar in Bhagalpur people held a protest and burnt the effigy of the BJP MLA.
Meanwhile, Paswan an MLA from Pirpainti raised a question on Hindu beliefs on Lakshmi Puja on Diwali and argued with evidence to prove his stance.
“If we get wealth only by worshipping Goddess Lakshmi, then there would have been no billionaires and trillionaires among Muslims. Muslims do not worship Goddess Lakshmi, are they not rich? Muslims do not worship Goddess Saraswati. Are there no scholars among Muslims? Do not they become IAS or IPS?,” Paswan said.
Moreover, Paswan said, everything is people’s belief and it’s only people’s belief of “Atma and Paramatma”.
Paswan further said, “If you believe then it is a goddess, and if not then it is just a stone idol. It is up to us whether we believe in Gods and Goddesses or not. We have to think on a scientific basis to reach a logical conclusion. If you stop believing, then your intellectual capacity will increase.”
“It is believed that Bajrangbali is a deity with power and bestows strength. Muslims or Christians do not worship Bajrangbali. Are they not powerful? The day you stop believing, all these things will end,” Paswan stated.
However, Paswan came to light when he leaked a personal conversation with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Yadav.