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'Caste certificate' of Lord Hanuman sought after Dalit tag

Press Trust of India  |  Varanasi (UP) 

The raging debate on whether Lord was a Friday took an interesting turn with Shivpal Yadav's Pragatisheel (Lohia) demanding deity's 'caste certificate' from the district administration.

The PSPL, launched in October after Shivpal Yadav fell out with his nephew and (SP) Akhilesh Yadav, threatened to launch a sit-in if the district administration did not provide the certificate within a week.

Minister had recently dubbed Lord as a

"We have applied for caste certificate of Lord at the office of the district magistrate. As the CM has termed him as a and dragged the deity in petty caste politics, we want his caste certificate," told from

In the proforma submitted by the to the administration, a photograph of Lord Hanuman was pasted with Maharaj Keshari named as his father and Anjana Devi, his mother.

The famous was declared as his residence and Dalit was mentioned in the caste column. His age was mentioned as 'amar' (immortal) by the worker and the year of birth was "anant" (infinite).

Mishra claimed that they have formally submitted the form in due proforma for obtaining the caste certificate.

Adityanath's controversial statement at a poll rally in had triggered a debate with the opposition accusing the of indulging in politics of caste while one of its own Dalit MP's quitting the organisation.

claimed that Lord Hanuman was "a Dalit and a slave of 'manuwadi' people" and alleged that Dalits and backwards were being called 'bandar' (monkey) and 'rakshas' (demon).

The member quit the BJP on Thursday, charging it with playing politics to divide the society.

"Lord Hanuman was a Dalit and a slave of 'manuwadi' people. He was a Dalit and a human. He did all for Lord Ram, but then why was he given a tail and his face blackened? Why was he made a monkey?," Phule had posed.

"When he did all for Lord with devotion, he (Lord Hanuman) should have been made a human and not a 'bandar' (monkey). At that time also he had to face humilation due to being a Dalit. Why can't we Dalits be considered humans?", she had told

During a poll rally in Malakheda of Alwar district of Rajasthan, Adityanath had said, "Lord Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit. worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west."

After this statement, had asked members of his community to take over all temples belonging to Lord Hanuman.

"Dalits should take over all Hanuman temples in the country and appoint Dalits as priests there," had said.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 16:05 IST