BJP UP Member of Parliament Savitri Bai Phule on Thursday tendered her resignation from the party and also the primary membership of the . Phule had won from Bahraich constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking to the media, she said, "BJP is trying to create divisions in the society. I can go to any extent to raise our voices on December 23. I have given my resignation. I will remain a member of Lok Sabha. I am a social worker and I work for the Dalit people and our community. "
She is known to be one of the prominent Dalit face of the BJP. According to sources, there was discontent within the party.
Here's her resignation letter to the party president Amit Shah:
On Tuesday, Ms Phule had said Lord Hanuman was "a Dalit and a slave of 'manuwadi' people", jumping into a row over Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's remarks.
"Lord Hanuman was a Dalit and a slave of 'manuwadi' people. He was a Dalit and a human. He did all for Lord Ram. Then why he was given a tail and his face was blackened? Why was he made a monkey?" Ms Phule said.
"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," she said.
The lawmaker from Uttar Pradesh had earlier this year gone public against her party leadership while alleging discrimination of Dalits. She was openly critical of the BJP's 'dinner-with-dalits' outreach. In May, she had stirred a controversy and rattled many in her party by calling Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah a "maha purush (great man)" who contributed to India's freedom struggle.