Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani was embarrassed in Parliament on Friday after it was revealed that ‘Mahishasur’ event in question was attended by party MP Udit Raj in October 2013.
On Friday, while speaking to News Nation, Raj conformed that he attended the event in October 2013.
On Thursday, to counter the opposition, Irani, while defending the government actions, referred to "Mahishasur Martyrdom Day" observed in JNU.
She also read out a document on Mahishasur Puja, referring to the demon slain by the Goddess Durga, which she said came from JNU.
However, Raj told News Nation, “I attended the Mahishasur festival because I believe that caste discrimination is bad. But I also attend other seminars at JNU. I am an alumnus of JNU. I was an activist that time but I changed. Only fools and dead men don't change their views. It does not mean my views were identical to all the organisers."
Notably, the festival has been observed on the campus every October since 2011.