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Yogi calls Dailt, Kirti declares Chinese now Bukkal Nawab pronounce Hanuman a Muslim

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Lucknow: Few days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath termed Hindu god Hanuman a Dalit and declared Chinese by other Lotus party leader Kirti Azad, another MLC from Saffron Party Bukkal Nawab claimed that biggest devotee of lord Ram is Muslim.

Weeks after UP CM Yogi Adityanath stimulated a huge controversy around the caste of the Hindu Lord Hanuman by saying he was a “dalit”, another BJP lawmaker has now commented on the religion of the God and has said that he was a “Muslim”. Bukkal Nawab, Member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council, on Thursday said that Lord Hanuman was, in fact, a Muslim.

 

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The political slugfest over Lord Hanuman’s religion got a new twist when state Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Bukkal Nawab on Thursday claimed that the deity was a Muslim.

To justify his statement, MLC Bukkal Nawab said, “Muslims have names like Arman, Rehman, Furqan, Zeeshan, Rehan. This proves that ‘Hanuman’ Ji was also a Muslim. All the names which are used in Muslims are derived from ‘Hanuman’; you will not find any similar sounding names in Hindus.”

 

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“Lord Hanuman belongs to all, and as far as I think, Hanumanji was actually a Muslim,” Nawab, who left the Samajwadi Party to join the BJP when the Yogi Adityanath government came to power, told reporters here.

He argued that the deity’s name is very similar to the names among Muslims and many of them are named after him.

 

 

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“Hamara manana hai Hanuman ji Musalman thhe. Isliye Musalmanon ke andar jo naam rakha jata hai… Rehman, Ramzan, Farman, Zishan, Qurban… Jitne bhi naam rakhey jaate hain, woh karib karib unhi par rakhe jaate hain,” he said.

Nawab, 64, who publicly offered prayers at a Hanuman temple last year, is the latest political figure to have weighed in on Lord Hanuman’s identity.

 

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While campaigning during the recent Assembly elections, Adityanath reportedly said, “Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit. Bajrang Bali worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west.”

On December 4, BJP MP Savitribai Phule took exception to the manner in which the deity is depicted.

 

After Dalit, Jat, Chinese, now again BJP leader Bukkal Nawab declares Hanuman as Muslim:

 

“Lord Hanuman was a Dalit and a slave of ‘manuwadi’ people. He was a Dalit and a human. He did everything for Lord Ram, then why was he given a tail and his face blackened,” she asked.

A Jain priest in Bhopal has claimed Lord Hanuman was neither a Dalit nor a tribal, but a Jain.

 

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Bukkal had given up his Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council seat to pave the way for a BJP minister to become a legislator within the stipulated six-month period and continue in the government.

After openly supporting the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, the prominent Shia politician last year donated a 30-kg brass bell at a famous Hanuman temple.

 

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He offered prayers there, prompting the SP to comment, “It is nothing but a publicity stunt. He is hopping from one temple to another to hog media limelight.”

When the BJP returned the favour and gave him an MLC ticket for the UP council’s biennial elections, he said, “My wish has been fulfilled by Lord Hanuman.”

 

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During the 2017 UP Assembly election campaign, Bukkal had caused a stir by saying he would be happy to see a Ram temple come up at the disputed site.

The legislator had said he would help the cause by carrying the first brick for the temple at Ayodhya. He also promised to contribute Rs 15 crore towards the temple’s construction and a ‘mukut’ (crown) for Lord Ram.

 

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Bukkal, who is president of the Rashtriya Shia Samaj or RSS, a different avtar for the acronym which is generally associated with the Hindu nationalist group, was subsequently ostracised by the Darul Uloom Deoband seminary for indulging in idol worship.

As an SP MLC, Nawab was considered close to party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.

 

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Arvind Kejriwal ropes in Prashant Kishor for image makeover

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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has inked a deal with Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) for image makeover, the party chief Arvind Kejriwal announced on Saturday.

The AAP had secured 67 out of 70 assembly seats in Delhi in the last assembly elections in 2014. The date of assembly election in Delhi is to be announced soon as the poll needs to be completed by February 14, 2020.

Political strategist and currently an influential leader of the Janata Dal (United), Prashant Kishor runs advocacy group IPAC.

The advocacy group also declared on Saturday they have inked a deal with Kejriwal’s party.

On social media platforms, Kejriwal said: “Happy to share that IPAC is coming on-board with us. Welcome aboard!”

The advocacy group also said: “After Punjab results, we acknowledged you as the toughest opponent that we have ever faced. Happy to join forces now with Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party.”

Kishore worked with the Congress in 2017 for Punjab and Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. His wrote a successful story in Punjab in helping the Congress come back to power after two successive electoral losses.

Currently, Kishor is national vice-president of the JD(U) led by Nitish Kumar. JD(U) is an ally of the BJP at Centre as well in Bihar.

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