New Delhi: After Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called Lord Hanuman a ‘Dalit tribal’ during an election rally in Rajasthan, Dalits in Agra have demanded that the management of all the Hanuman temples across the country be handed over to them. Also Read - Bihar Elections 2020: Candidate Arrives on a Buffalo to File Nomination As He Doesn't Have a Car | Watch
Reportedly, more than 30 Dalits reached the Hanuman temple at Langre ki Chowki on Delhi-Kanpur Highway on Thursday shouting slogans like ‘Dalit devta Hanuman ki Jai’ (long live Dalit god Hanuman). Also Read - Bigg Boss 14 New Twist: Eijaz Khan, Pavitra Punia, Shehzad Deol Get Evicted After Sidharth Shukla's Team Loses The Task
Wearing ‘janeu’ or sacred threads, the Dalit group was headed by Congress leader Amit Singh, who later said that all Hanuman temples should be handed over to the Dalit Community as Lord Hanuman part of it. Also Read - IPL 2020 Live Cricket Score KXIP vs DC, Today's Match 38 Live Updates Dubai: Can KL Rahul-Led Punjab Hold Onto The Winning Momentum?
On Friday, Union Minister Satyapal Singh claimed that Lord Hanuman was an Arya. His statement came a day after the chairperson of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes Nand Kumar Sai said that the Hindu God was a tribal.
“Bhagwan Ram aur Hanuman ji ke yug mein, iss desh mein koi jaati-vyavastha nahi thi, koi dalit, vanchit, soshit nahi tha. Valmiki Ramayan aur Ramcharitmanas ko aap agar padhenge to aapko malum chalega ki uss samay koi jaati-vyavasthan nahi thi. Hanuman ji arya theyy. Iss baat ko maine spasht kiya hai, uss samay arya jaati thi aur Hanuman ji usi arya jaati ke mahapurush theyy,” the Union Minister was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
On November 28, Adityanath had 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.”
Following this, the Sarva Brahmin Mahasabha national president Suresh Mishra sent a legal notice to Yogi Adityanath for disrespecting Hanuman by allegedly calling him ‘deprived’. Yogi has been asked to issue an apology within a couple of days or a case would be filed against him, said the notice.