CM Yogi’s remark on Lord Hanuman angers Brahmins but encourages Dalits

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The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath has recently come under a lot of criticism for making a statement during his poll rally in Malpura constituency of Rajasthan, on November 28, where he compared Lord Hanuman to a Dalit.

He had reportedly said that Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit who worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west. Not foreign to using religion to drive votes, he said that Lord Ram devotees should vote for BJP while those who are devotees of Ravan should vote for Congress.

Brahmin opposition

The statement has got right-wing exponents in a fury.

The CM was accused by the Rajasthan right-wing group Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha president, Suresh Mishra, of using the statement for “political mileage” for the BJP in Rajasthan as the State Legislative Assembly elections are slated for December 7. He was served with a legal notice from the group, asking him to apologise within three days as he had “hurt religious sentiments of several devotees”, otherwise they would register a case against the CM.

Additionally, the Rajasthan unit of the Congress has also lodged a complaint with the Election Commission.

Dalit reaction

It is safe to say that Yogi Adityanath achieved what was intended with his polarised speech to appease the Dalits and get their support.

The Dalits have taken absolute advantage of the situation. In Agra, the Dalits have demanded that the management of all Hindu temples across India be given to them.

Led by Congress leader Amit Singh, over 30 members of the Dalit community went over to the Hanuman temple at Langre ki Chowki, which is found on the Delhi-Kanpur highway, on November 30, wearing the sacred thread (janeu) symbolic of the Brahmins, shouting out slogans such as ‘Dalit devta Hanuman ki Jai’ (long live Dalit god Hanuman).

Raking up even more controversy, Nand Kumar Sai who is the chairperson of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, has claimed that Lord Hanuman was not a Dalit because Hanuman was a ‘gotra’ (which traces descent) among tribals.

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