BJP’s dalith MP from Uttar Pradesh, Savitribai Phule, today, resigned from the party, alleging `BJP was trying to divide society’. Though she has been critical towards party leadership since some time, this development comes two days after she took on the UP Chief Minister over his comment on Hanuman’s caste.
It may be recalled during Rajasthan poll campaign, Yogi said that “Bajrang Bali was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit, who worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west”.
Phule had reacted by saying if Lord Hanuman was a ‘Dalit’ as claimed by UP CM Yogi Adityanath, then Dalits should be appointed as pujaris in the all the Hanuman temples across the country. “Hanuman always stood by Lord Ram but then why did Ram award him a tail and blackened his face?”
The MP from Bharaich had also alleged that Lord Hanuman was a slave of ‘Manuwadi’ people. When asked about the Ram temple issue, which is pending in the Supreme Court, Phule said the BJP is raking up the matter as it has no other issues.
“We want rights given to us in the constitution,” the BJP MP said, adding that “Hamko adhikar chahiya warna kursi khali karo (Give us our rights or leave the government)”.
Phule had earlier raised questions on BJP leaders dining at the houses of Dalits and had termed the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah, “a mahapurush” (great personality), causing embarrassment to her party.