Lucknow: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has come under Opposition attack over his Hanuman comment. But now, it is one of his own slamming him. Attacking her own party, BJP MP from Bahraich Savitri Bai Phule said, “If he (Yogi Adityanath) really loves Dalits then he should love them more than he loves Lord Hanuman. Has he ever embraced any Dalit? He might have been eating dinner at Dalit households, but the cook was not Dalit.” (Also read: Phule Calls Jinnah a ‘Mahapurush’)

Explaining that the comment is driven by politics, she said, “There are Assembly polls and they don’t have any issue left so they are terming Hanuman Ji as Dalit. They just want to take Dalit votes but now Dalits, backwards and tribals of the country have now understood their dhong (pretence),” said Phule who has been raising her voice against her own party over Dalit issues.

Earlier, during a rally in Rajasthan, Yogi had said, “Lord 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.”

After his statement, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar asked members of his community to take over all temples belonging to Lord Hanuman.

Meanwhile, Phule has demanded that if Lord Hanuman was a ‘Dalit’, as claimed by the UP CM, then Dalits should be appointed as pujaris in all the Hanuman temples across the country. “Hanuman always stood by Lord Ram but then why did Ram award him a tail and blackened his face?”

The BJP MP has also alleged that Lord Hanuman was a slave of ‘Manuwadi’ people.

“When he did all for Lord Ram with devotion, he (Lord Hanuman) should have been made a human and not a bandar. At that time also, he had to face humiliation due to being a Dalit. Why can’t we Dalits be considered humans,” she asked.