A right-wing group in Rajasthan has sent a legal notice to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, asking .him to apologize within three days for allegedly calling Lord Hanuman a Dalit.
During an election rally in Malakheda of Alwar district in Rajasthan on Tuesday, Yogi Adityanath had reportedly said, “Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit. Bajrang Bali worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west”.
“Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit," the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister had told at a poll rally in Alwar.
“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 had added.
He had also said that the people of the district in Rajasthan would vote for ‘Ram bhakts’ and not ‘Ravana’.
Rajasthan Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha president Suresh Mishra on November 28 sent a notice to Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath in which he has accused him of dragging Lord Hanuman’s caste for political gain during his election rally for the BJP in the state.
The notice reads, “I am saddened that UP chief minister called Lord Hanuman deprived. His statement has hurt the religious sentiments of several devotees. Those who are deprived they get the strength to fight the odds. It is a sheer attempt to take political mileage in the election.”
UP CM's comments have triggered a political row prompting the Congress to blame the BJP for its “dual face”.
Congress leader Pramod Tiwari had also condemned the remarks made by Mr Adityanath and said that the BJP divides individual and the society but it is for the first time that it has divided gods into castes.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan is all set to go into polls on December 7 in a single phase. The counting of the votes will take place on December 11.