New Delhi: Hitting out at Sitaram Yechury over his remark that “Ramayana and Mahabharata are specimens of Hindu violence, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut asked the CPM leader to change his first name. “If Sitaram Yechury calls Ramayana and Mahabharata Hindu violence, then he should remove Sitaram from his name. He should also change their candidate Kanhaiya Kumar’s name as his name is also Krishna’s name,” the Shiv Sena leader said.

He added,”What is the meaning of Hindus being violent? Ramayana and Mahabharata conveyed one central message – the victory of good over evil, truth over falsehood. Ram, Krishna and Arjuna are symbols of truth. If this is the meaning that they interpret then tomorrow they will say that our Jawans fighting against Pakistan is violence.”

“Sitaram Yechury’s ideology is his own ideology. His ideology has only one objective, i.e., to attack Hindus and make oneself the premier secular person,” Raut claimed.

Raut’s reaction comes a day after  Yechury slammed the right-wing outfits for associating violence with a particular religion. He had said that epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata are also filled with instances of violence and battles. “Being a pracharak, you narrate the epics but still claim Hindus can’t be violent? What is the logic behind saying there is a religion which engages in violence and we Hindus don’t,”Yechury said while speaking at an event in Bhopal.