BJP Dalit MP Savitri Bai Phule resigns

Savitri Bai Phule, BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich, resigned from the party Thursday, saying ‘BJP is trying to create divisions in society’.

Savitri Bai Phule had on Tuesday claimed that Lord Hanuman was “a Dalit and a slave of ‘manuwadi’ people”, joining a row which erupted over UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s statement that the deity was a Dalit. She alleged that Dalits and backwards were being called ‘bandar’ (monkey) and ‘rakshas’ (demon).

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.