BSP wants both Ali and Bajrangbali: Mayawati's jibe at Yogi Adityanath

Updated: Apr 14, 2019, 11:10 IST | Agencies

While Ali is revered as Prophet Mohammad's successor, Bajrang Bali is a name for Lord Hanuman

BSP wants both Ali and Bajrangbali: Mayawati's jibe at Yogi Adityanath
Mayawati with Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday. Pic/PTI

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Saturday responded to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's recent remark that earned him an election code violation notice as she said both "Ali" and "Bajrangbali" were her own people, referring to the Muslim and Hindu communities.

Speaking first in the second joint rally with alliance partner Akhilesh Yadav for the ongoing national election, the BSP chief said she wanted both "Ali" and "Bajranbali". "Ali and Bajangbali, both are our own. That's why we want both Ali and Bajrangbali," she said in Badaun, where Samajwadi Party's Dharmendra Yadav won in the 2014 election despite a BJP wave.

While "Ali" is revered by Muslims as Prophet Mohammad's successor, "Bajrang Bali" is another name for the Hindu god Lord Hanuman. Mayawati took potshots at the BJP star campaigner over his controversial comment that Lord Hanuman was from the Dalit community. "We also want 'Bajrangbali' as he is related to my own Dalit caste. And the discovery of his caste was not done by me, it is done by Yogi himself," she added.

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