Dalits lay claim to Hanuman temple

Muzaffarnagar, Dec. 5  A week after UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath sparked a controversy by claiming that Lord Hanuman was a Dalit, scores of people belonging to the community went into a Hanuman temple in Muzaffarnagar to lay “claim on it” and also put up a poster which read, “Dalit Hanuman Mandir”. Police later took away the group, led by Dalit Kranti Dal president Deepak Gambhir.

This comes against the backdrop of chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s recent remark that Lord Hanuman was a Dalit during a rally in Rajasthan. Reacting to it, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad had said, “If the UP CM has categorically said that Hanuman is a Dalit, then Dalits should lay siege to the Hanuman temples.” Heavy police force was deployed at the spot to avert any untoward incident.

Last week, CM Yogi Adityanath, who was campaigning for BJP, said in Alwar: “Bajrang Bali was a tribal, a forest dweller, a Dalit and was deprived. He worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west.”

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(Source: The Times of India)

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