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Lord Hanuman Identity Debate: UP Minister Says, He Was A 'Jat'

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| December 21 , 2018 , 14:23 IST

BJP state minister Chaudhary Lakshmi Narayan adding his argument to the debate over Lord Hanuman’s identity claimed that Lord Hanuman was jat.

The state minister associated Lord Hanuman's characteristics to a person belonging to the jaat community.

He said while speaking to ANI, "I think Hanuman ji was a jat, because when a jat sees someone in trouble, he (like Lord Hanuman) jumps in without knowing the issue or the people," the minister old news agency ANI, adding that Lord Hanuman's behavior was very similar to that of jat because after Goddess Sita got kidnapped by Raavan, he immediately came to Lord Ram's help."

 Chaudhary, who also holds charge of Dairy Development, Culture, Minority Welfare, Muslim Waqf and Haj, further explained that a person's lineage can be deciphered by noting their behavior.

"Everyone who believes in the Sanatan Dharm would surely worship Lord Hanuman. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has already given the explanation on this issue," the minister said.

"When this topic came to my notice, I said that it is through an individual's behavior that we conclude about one's lineage," the minister added.

This was not the first time some minister made comments on the identity of Lord Hanuman.

While campaigning during the assembly elections last month, 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.”

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On Thursday, MLC Bukkal Nawab said the deity was “actually a Muslim”. He argued that the deity’s name is very similar to names among Muslims and many of them