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03/12/2018 2:35 PM IST | Updated 04/12/2018 4:07 PM IST

UP Minister Jibe At Yogi: 'Dont Divide Gods Into Castes'

It is wrong to divide Gods into castes and due to this controversy, Dalit community is demanding to take over Hanuman temples, Om Prakash Rajbhar said.

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Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, in a file photo.

MUZZAFARNAGAR, Uttar Pradesh — Taking strong objection to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's "Lord Hanuman is Dalit" remark, state minister Om Prakash Rajbhar said it was wrong to divide Gods into castes.

Addressing a public meeting in Shamli district on Sunday, the backward classes welfare minister criticised his own government for starting a controversy with such statements.

It is wrong to divide Gods into castes and due to this controversy, Dalit community is demanding to take over Hanuman temples, he said.

While addressing a rally in Rajasthan's Alwar district last week, Adityanath had said, "Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit. 'Bajrang Bali' worked to unite all Indian communities, from north to south and east to west".

Reacting to the remarks, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar had Sunday said members of the community should take over all Hanuman temples in the country and appoint Dalits as priests there.

Rajbhar also hit out at the state government for not providing 27% reservation to the Kashyap community.