Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a measured response to DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin’s contentious remarks about ‘Sanatana Dharma.’ During a Council of Ministers meeting preceding the G20 Summit, Modi emphasized the importance of addressing contemporary aspects while refraining from historical discussions. Udhayanidhi Stalin had earlier sparked controversy by comparing Sanatan Dharma to diseases like dengue and malaria, leading to political backlash and even legal consequences.
PM Modi Advises Caution:
Prime Minister Modi cautioned ministers against wading into the India vs Bharat debate and advised them to focus on presenting facts in line with the Constitution. He stressed the need for authorized individuals to address this issue.
Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Controversial Remark:
The son of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, Udhayanidhi Stalin, made the contentious statement during an event in Chennai, stating, “We should not oppose such things but rather eradicate them.” These remarks drew strong reactions from various political parties and prompted calls for clarification.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) criticized Udhayanidhi Stalin’s remarks and urged the Congress to denounce them. Amit Malviya, the head of the BJP’s IT department, claimed that the comment amounted to a call for the “extermination” of the 80 percent of the population that practices Sanatana Dharma.
Legal Action Ensues:
In response to the controversy, an FIR was filed in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, against DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin and Priyank Kharge, the son of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, on charges of allegedly offending religious sentiments with their statements.