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Both Ali, Bajrang Bali ours, says Mayawati; links her community to Hanuman

Press Trust of India  |  Badaun (UP) 

Giving her own twist to a recent remark by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Saturday said her party wanted both Ali and -- particularly as the deity is "linked with my own caste".

Addressing a rally in Badaun, recalled Adityanath's comment on Tuesday in which he referred to her earlier appeal to Muslims to vote for the opposition alliance in

"In this connection, I want to tell him (Adityanath) that both Ali and are ours.... So we want both Ali as well as Bajrang Bali," she said.

Adityanath had said if Ali was with the BSP-SP-RLD combine, Bajrang Bali was with the BJP. Ali is a revered figure in Islam and Lord Hanuman is often called Bajrang Bali. Both and Adityanath were served notices by the over their remarks.

"We particularly want Bajrang Bali because he is linked to my own caste," Mayawati said. The was apparently referring to Adityanath's comments last year when he had described Lord Hanuman as a forest dweller and a

"I am very thankful to Yogi-ji that he has given us important information about our ancestors. So, it is a very happy moment to note that we have both Ali and Bajrang Bali and their coming together will give us very good results in these elections," she said.

Mayawati was addressing a rally of the BSP-SP-RLD alliance in favour of SP nominee Dharmendra Yadav for the Badaun seat.

"In the election in Uttar Pradesh, (BJP) will neither get the votes of Ali nor Bajrang Bali, who is associated with my caste," she said. "In these elections, the Namo Namo people are going out of power and the Jai Bhim ones are coming, which is also the need of the country.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 18:15 IST