Lucknow: Alleging that the BJP is is trying to divide the society, MP Savitribai Phule resigned from the party on Thursday.
The MP from Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh, has been critical of the party’s leadership for long. The Dalit leader said her objective was to get the Constitution implemented in letter and spirit.
“I have resigned from the party. But I will continue as a Lok Sabha member till the end of my tenure,” she said in Lucknow.
This comes two days after she took on the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over his comment on Hanuman’s caste.
Yogi Adityanath had said at a poll rally in Malakheda of Alwar district, Rajasthan, that ‘’Bajrang Bali was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit, who worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west.”.
Phule had reacted by saying if Lord Hanuman was a ‘Dalit’ as claimed by UP CM Yogi Adityanath, then Dalits should be appointed as pujaris in the all the Hanuman temples across the country. “Hanuman always stood by Lord Ram but then why did Ram award him a tail and blackened his face?”
She had also alleged that Lord Hanuman was a slave of ‘Manuwadi’ people.
When asked about the Ram temple issue, she said she will launch an agitation to champion the cause of Dalits from December 23, adding that the country needs a Constitution not a temple. She said the BJP is raking up the matter as it has no other issues.
“The country does not need a temple. Will it end unemployment and other problems of Dalits and backwards? The temple will benefit Brahmins, who are only 3 per cent. The money offered in temples are used by them for their gains and make our community (Dalit) their slave,” she said.
“We want rights given to us in the constitution,” the BJP MP said, adding that “Hamko adhikar chahiya warna kursi khali karo (Give us our rights or leave the government)”.
Phule has been attacking the BJP and its governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh for their alleged indifference to the concerns of Scheduled Castes.
Phule had earlier raised questions on BJP leaders dining at the houses of Dalits and had termed the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah, “a mahapurush” (great personality), causing embarrassment to her party.
(With PTI inputs)