Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is synonymous with Hindutva extremism.
However, this time, his own Hindutva groups have been extremely unhappy and almost enraged with him. The UP CM was attending a poll rally in Malakheda of Alwar district of Rajasthan on Tuesday, where he said that Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit. Adding further, he said that Bajrang Bali worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west.
“This was his resolve as it was Lord Ram’s wish. Just like him, we should also not rest till we fulfil that wish,” he added. He also said that the people of the district would vote for ‘Ram bhakts’ and not ‘Ravana.’
Infuriated by Yogi’s comments, a right-wing group in Rajasthan has sent a legal notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister demanding an apology within three days for allegedly calling Lord Hanuman a Dalit.
Rajasthan’s Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha president Suresh Mishra has sent a notice to Mr. Adityanath, accusing him of dragging Lord Hanuman’s caste for political gain for the BJP in the State where Assembly polls will be held on 7th December.
The notice reads,
“I am saddened that UP chief minister called Lord Hanuman deprived. His statement has hurt religious sentiments of several devotees. Those who are deprived they get strength to fight the odds. It is a sheer attempt to take political mileage in election.”
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Another notice was issued on instructions of Swami Chakrapani Maharaj, National President of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM). The notice read that Yogi’s comments on Hanuman were not only derogatory towards Him, but also against the sentiments of Hindu community at large. The notice also alleged a ploy to sub-divide Hindus on the basis of castes and subcastes for the upcoming poll elections in the state.
ABHM strongly remarked that there was a concerted effort to use religion to garner votes and this is absolutely not permitted the ‘Representation of People’s Act’.
Upset with Yogi’s opportunistic caste and religion politics, the Hindu Mahasabha has demanded that immediate action be taken against the saffron robe CM and also claimed that he should be barred from attending any political rallies during elections in the future.
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