UP party seeks Lord Hanuman’s caste certificate
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.