Yogi’s conduct unbecoming of both saint and politician: Kharge

Bengaluru: Critcising Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s “Lord Hanuman is Dalit” remark, the Congress party on Friday said that the former is not fit for the role of saint and politician both.

Accusing Adityanath of making “inflammatory and derogatory” remarks, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said, “Being a ‘Sadhu’ and a Chief Minister he should set an example in the society so that people may say that if a saint becomes a politician then how much change happens in the society, but instead he calls God Dalit, indulge in politics of Ali and Bajrangbali such things create rift in the society.”

Kharge also blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi of advocating such statements saying, “Prime Minister Modi encourages such language but being a Prime Minister he should show statesmanship but unfortunately he is indulged in street fight type politics.”

Last week, while addressing a poll rally in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said, “Bajrang Bali (Lord Hanuman) was a tribal, a forest dweller, a Dalit.