Seeking to establish a direct connect with voters in Rajasthan while lending a Hidutva push, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday called Hindu God Lord Hanuman a Dalit.
While addressing a rally in favour of a BJP candidate in Alwar’s Malpura assembly seat, Yogi said “Hanuman was a tribal, a forest dweller and was deprived. 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.”
Praising Hanuman, Adityanath said that Hanuman himself is a resident of the forest, who is also a Dalit and is excluded from the society, as per the Indian folklore. He further said that the whole Indian community from “north to south and east to west”, is united, “thanks to Lord Hanuman”.
“Therefore, we must have the resolution of Lord Hanuman. We must not rest until the work of Lord Ram is done,” he said invoking all the Hindu Gods while asking people to vote for the ‘lotus’ sign of the BJP in the upcoming polls in the state of Rajasthan.
Earlier, Yogi had said that it was a fight between BJP’s “Bajrangbali” (Lord Hanuman) and Congress’ “Ali” in Madhya Pradesh in a bit to polarise voters from extreme sides. Yogi, who often takes the ‘Hindutva’ way while campaigning for his party, was criticised severely for his statement.
This incident happened in a remote village in Alwar which comes under a Scheduled Caste and Schedules Tribes area. It is a reserved seat.