Congress MLA from Madhya Pradesh Umang Singhar’s controversial statement referring Hindu deity Lord Hanuman as an ‘Adivasi’ (tribal), has ignited a fierce debate leading to a war of words between the Congress and BJP leaders.
Singhar allegedly made these remarks during an event commemorating the 123rd death anniversary of tribal leader Birsa Munda in Dhar district. The MLA sought to explain that the beings described as apes in the epic Ramayana were, in fact, tribals.
Singhar stated, “Adivasis who resided in the forests aided Lord Ram in reaching Lanka. Some have referred to them as the ‘Vanar Sena’ (ape army). However, these are merely stories. Hanuman was also an Adivasi, and we are descendants of him.”
The statement evoked a strong reaction from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with Hitesh Bajpai, the party spokesperson, considering it an “insult.” Bajpai further expressed his concern, saying, “They do not consider Hanuman ji as God! They do not recognize Hanuman ji as a deity revered by Hindus!”
In a tweet directed at former Chief Minister Kamal Nath and Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Bajpai questioned, “Is this how the Congress perceives Lord Hanuman? Is the Congress adopting the language of Catholic priests who engage in conversions?”
ये हनुमान जी को भगवान नही मानते !
ये हनुमान जी को हिंदुओं के पूज्य नही मानते !
ये हनुमान जी का अपमान करते हैं !
ये कांग्रेस के पूर्व कैबिनेट मंत्री नही हैं @OfficeOfKNath जी जिन पर बलात्कार और यौन शोषण के आरोप हैं ?
और पुलिस से गिरफ्तारी से भागते फिरे ?
क्या भगवान हनुमान के लिए… https://t.co/29nSudo4ig
— Dr.Hitesh Bajpai MBBS (@drhiteshbajpai) June 10, 2023
This incident comes just a month after another Congress MLA, Arjun Singh Kakodia, made a similar assertion while addressing a public gathering in the presence of Kamal Nath in Seoni district. Kakodia, the representative of Barghat constituency, also claimed that Lord Shiva was a tribal who consumed poison to save the world.