A fresh controversy has erupted after the comments of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath apparently said that Lord Hanuman is a Dalit.
Now, another BJP leader Nand Kumar Sai, also Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, has claimed that Lord Hanuman was a tribal.
During an event in Lucknow on Thursday, Sai said that people think there were monkeys, bears, and vultures in the army of Lord Rama.
He added that in Kurukh language spoken by people belonging to the Oraon tribe, ‘tigga’ (a gotra) means ‘vanar’ (monkey) while in Kanwar tribe, there’s a gotra (clan) called ‘Hanuman’.
Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, had said at a rally in Alwar on Tuesday, “Bajrang Bali (Hanuman) is such a god that he is a forest-dweller, lives in the mountains. Dalits, deprived, he takes everyone along, from east to west, north to south, and unites them all.”
A group that calls itself the “Rajasthan Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha” has sent the saffron-wearing chief minister a legal notice accusing him of playing on Hanuman’s caste for votes in Rajasthan.>