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BJP MP says constitution more important for India, not Ram mandir; Quits party

Phule, a Dalit, also said that she will launch from December 23 an agitation to champion the cause of the community

Thursday December 6, 2018 5:32 PM, ummid.com News Network

BJP MP Savitribai Phule Resigns

Lucknow: Savitribai Phule, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh on Thursday while accusing that the ruling party is playing politics of communal divide and asserting that the constitutuion is more important for the country than Ram mandir resigned from the party.

Phule, a Dalit, also said that she will launch from December 23 an agitation to champion the cause of the community.

Phule resigned on the day which coinicded with the death anniversary of Dalit icon Dr. BR Ambedkar. The day also coincided with the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition. The BJP and its affiliate extremist groups invloved in the demolition want to construct a Ram mandir on the site.

Phule however opposed the move saying the constitition is important for the country, not Ram mandir.

The Bahraich MP was earlier in the news for caling Pakistan Founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah a Maha Prush - a great man, and more recently for calling Hanuman - a Dalit and human.

"Hanuman was a Dalit and a slave of ‘manuwadi’ people. He was a Dalit and a human. He did all for Lord Ram then why he was given a tail and his face was blackened. Why was he made a monkey?,” Phule said.

“When he did all for Lord Ram with devotion, he (Lord Hanuman) should have been made a human and not a ‘bandar’ (monkey). At that time also he had to face humilation due to being a Dalit. Why can’t we Dalits be considered humans?”, she said.

Her remarks resulted in capturing of Hanuman mandirs in various parts of the country by members of Dalit community. "When Hanuman was a Dalit, all Hanuman Mandirs should be controlled by Dalits only", Dalit groups said.

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