Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called Hindu God Hanuman a Dalit, and the social media joked all about it. But the problem arises for Yogi Adityanath when things didn’t stop at just jokes. A right-wing Hindu group in Rajasthan sent Yogi a notice telling him to apologise for making such remarks about Lord Hanuman. According to reports by news agency PTI, the notice says that Yogi Adityanath must apologise within three days.
Yogi Adityanath made these remarks while he was addressing to a rally in Rajasthan's Alwar city. Yogi is on his campaign tour and on Friday, he said that “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.” Yogi is campaigning for BJP as the elections are going to held in Rajasthan on 7th of December.
A right-wing Hindu group named Rajasthan Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha has served the legal notice. The group’s president Mr Suresh Mishra said that Yogi Adityanath is using religion for gaining votes, and he hurt the religious of millions of Hanuman’s devotees by calling him deprived.
The legal notice states, “ I am saddened that Uttar Pradesh chief minister called Lord Hanuman deprived, Those who are deprived, they get the strength to fight the odds. It is a sheer attempt to take political mileage in the election. We demand that Yogi make an apology for his comments on Lord Hanuman publicly within three days, or else a lawsuit will be filed against him. Our organisation will not tolerate such comments.”
Congress also used the opportunity to attack BJP. Senior Congress leader Pramod Tiwari criticised Adityanath’s remarks on Hanuman and accused the BJP of categorising gods into castes just to lure voters.