UP party seeks Lord Hanu­man’s caste cer­tifi­cate

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA -

Varanasi: The rag­ing de­bate on whether Lord Hanu­man was a Dalit on Fri­day took an in­ter­est­ing turn with Shiv­pal Ya­dav’s Pra­gatisheel Sa­ma­jwadi Party (Lo­hia) de­mand­ing the Hindu de­ity’s ‘caste cer­tifi­cate’ from the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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

Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath had re­cently dubbed Lord Hanu­man as a Dalit.

“We have ap­plied for caste cer­tifi­cate of Lord Hanu­man at the of­fice of the Varanasi dis­trict mag­is­trate. As the CM has termed him as a Dalit and dragged the de­ity in petty caste pol­i­tics, we want his caste cer­tifi­cate,” PSPL youth wing dis­trict chief Har­ish Mishra said.

In the pro­forma sub­mit­ted by the PSPL, a pho­to­graph of Lord Hanu­man was pasted with Ma­haraj Ke­shari named as his fa­ther and An­jana Devi, his mother. The fa­mous Sankat Mochan tem­ple was de­clared as his res­i­dence and Dalit was men­tioned in the caste col­umn.

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