Lucknow: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Savitribai Phule from Uttar Pradesh on Thursday resigned from the party, saying, “BJP is trying to create divisions in society.” Two days ago, Phule took on UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over his remark on Hanuman’s caste.

Notably, Adityanath had said in a rally in Rajasthan’s Alwar that “Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit. Bajrang Bali worked to unite all Indian communities, from north to south and east to west.” To which Phule replied if Lord Hanuman was a ‘Dalit, then Dalits should be made pujaris in all Hanuman temples in the country. “Hanuman always stood by Lord Ram but then why did Ram award him a tail and blackened his face?”

“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 out dinner at Dalit households, but the cook was not Dalit. 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 has now understood their dhong,” Phule said.

The former BJP MP had 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 humilation due to being a Dalit. Why can’t we Dalits be considered humans,” Savitribai Phule added.