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Yogi faces criticism for calling Hanuman 'Dalit', gets legal notice

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Days after Uttar Pradesh courted a controversy by claiming that Lord Hanuman was a Dalit, a legal notice was served to him by Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha Suresh has alleged that the Uttar Pradesh called Lord Hanuman a merely for political benefit.

During a poll rally in Malakheda of Rajasthan's district on Tuesday, Adityanath said: "Bajrang Bali was a tribal, a forest dweller, a and was deprived. He worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west." He added that those who are would for the BJP while those who worship Ravana would for the

The statement drew strong criticism from the and Party (NCP) while the defended Adityanath. Senior Congress on Thursday alleged that the was playing over god.

"Tomorrow they will speak about Lord Ram, Krishna in the same manner. I don't think caste, gods and our respect for gods should be mixed up," Sibal told ANI.

also opined that the remark was made with a view to attract votes. "It is purely with a view to attract Dalit votes. This kind of a statement dividing the society between Dalits and non-Dalits, Brahmins and non-Brahmins is not desirable and this does not fetch you votes. This would only cause damage to your reputation," Memon said.

Udit Raj, on the other hand, said caste is being directly addressed because it influences election and voting pattern the most. "ji kept his point straight while some have double standards in politics," he said.

The 200-member Assembly is scheduled to go to polls on December 7 and counting of votes will take place on December 11.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 14:02 IST