Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has stirred a fresh controversy by terming Lord Hanuman “Dalit”.
The UP chief minister had made this remark while addressing a poll rally in Alwar of poll-vound Rajasthan on Tuesday.
Asking the electorate to vote in the name of Bajrangbali, Yogi Adityanath said that Lord Hanuman was a tribal man and belonged to the deprived class.
“ In our tradition, Bajrangbali is one such Lok Devata (God) who lives in forests and belongs to the deprived section. Bajrangbali united the entire Indian community from north to south and east to west.
Reacting to Yogi Adityanath’s statement, UP Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said that the BJP first divided common man and was now trying to divide even gods.
Taking a jibe at Yogi Adityanath, Tiwari said that when the UP chief minister was in Chhattisgarh, he called Lord Hanuman a tribal man and when he arrived in Madhya Pradesh, he called Bajrangbali a “Dalit”.
A legal notice has also been served at Yogi Adityanath for his remarks on Lord Hanumna. Brahmin Mahasabha president Suresh Mishra alleged that Yogi Adityanath called Lord Hanuman a “Dalit” merely for political benefit.
However, Kishore Kunal, former IPS officer and a renowned devotee of Lord Hanuman, supported Yogi Adityanath and said that Tulsidas had also written the same thing.
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