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Wrong to divide Gods into castes: UP minister hits out at Yogi Adityanath

Last week at a rally in Rajasthan's Alwar, Adityanath had said, 'Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit'

Press Trust of India  |  Muzaffarnagar (UP) 

CM Adityanath
File photo of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath | Photo: PTI

Taking strong objection to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's "Lord Hanuman is Dalit" remark, state minister Om Prakash Rajbhar said it was wrong to divide Gods into castes.

Addressing a public meeting in Shamli district on Sunday, the backward classes welfare minister criticised his own government for starting a controversy with such statements.

It is wrong to divide Gods into castes and due to this controversy, community is demanding to takeover Hanuman temples, he said.

While addressing a rally in Rajasthan's Alwar district last week, Adityanath had said, "Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a 'Bajrang Bali' worked to unite all Indian communities, from north to south and east to west".

Reacting to the remarks, chief Chandrashekhar had Sunday said members of the community should take over all Hanuman temples in the country and appoint Dalits as priests there.

Rajbhar also hit out at the state government for not providing 27 per cent reservation to the Kashyap community.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 10:40 IST