Lord Hanuman is back in news again. Recently, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had referred to Him as a Dalit in a rally at Rajasthan.
On Tuesday, Bahraich BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule, joined the Yogi row where she claimed,
“Lord Hanuman was a Dalit and a slave of ‘manuwadi’ people.”
She also alleged that “Dalits and backwards were being called ‘bandar’ (monkey) and ‘rakshas’ (demon). Adding further to news agency PTI, she said,
“He did all for Lord Ram then why he was given a tail and his face was blackened. Why was he made a monkey? When he did all for Lord Ram with devotion, he (Lord Hanuman) should have been made a human and not a ‘bandar’ (monkey). At that time also he had to face humiliation due to being a Dalit. Why can’t we Dalits be considered humans?”
Phule was also quizzed about the Ram temple issue, which is pending in the Supreme Court. To this, she said that the BJP is raking up the matter as it had no other issues. Speaking elaborately about her views on the Ram Mandir, Phule said,
“The country does not need a temple. Will it end unemployment and other problems of Dalits and backwards? The temple will benefit Brahmins, who are only 3 per cent. The money offered in temples are used by them for their gains and make our community (Dalit) their slave.”
“We want rights given to us in the constitution,” the BJP MP said, adding that “Hamko adhikar chahiye warna kursi khali karo (Give us our rights or leave the government)”.
This is not the first time Phule has put her own Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a spot. Earlier too she had raised questions on BJP leaders dining at the houses of Dalits and had termed the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah, “a mahapurush” (great personality).
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After Yogi Adityanath’s statement calling Hanuman a Dalit, the Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar had asked members of his community to take over all temples
belonging to Lord Hanuman.
“Dalits should take over all Hanuman temples in the country and appoint Dalits as priests there.”
Right-wing Hindu Mahasabha had also sent legal notices to Yogi Adityanath for using religion in his election campaigns. They also called for a total ban on Yogi during election rallies.
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