New Delhi, Feb 26: Facing a serious criticism from the Opposition over her remark on Goddess Durga and Mahishasur, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday said in Parliament that she did not claim herself to be "as erudite a speaker" as Sitaram Yechury, the CPI(M)'s general secretary but since people were blaming her for her flair of drama, she would like to quote from Macbeth to say that "fair is foul and foul is fair" which is how the Shakespearean tragedy a started saying nothing is as it seems.
Irani, who is a popular television actor, said this while replying to the discussion.
The Opposition parties hit out at the HRD Minister over her remark with the Congress deciding to stall the House's functioning demanding an apology from the latter. Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said Irani's remark on Goddess Durga was "blasphemous". Other parties also took on the central minister on the issue, saying religious sentiments can't be hurt.
Replying to Sharma's accusations, Irani said the documents she read on Goddess Durga in Parliament on Wednesday were from the Jawaharlal Nehru University and not the government.
She said she read it because she was asked to produce a proof. Irani also reiterated that she is heself a worshipper of Goddess Durga and she said it with a lot of pain.