PM Modi Reacts to DMK Leader’s “Sanatana” Remark: “Needs Proper Response”

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  • Udhayanidhi Stalin, the son of Chief Minister MK Stalin, has refused to apologize for his comment that Sanatana Dharma is akin to a disease and “should be eradicated”. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first reaction to the Sanatana Dharma controversy, has said the remarks of Tamil Nadu minister Udhayanidhi Stalin “needs a proper response”. 
  • “The Opposition needs to read our Constitution.” He said. 
  • The minister, the son of Chief Minister MK Stalin, has refused to apologize for his comment and has repeatedly said he is ready to face any legal action for his comments. 
  • Following this, a war of words broke out between several BJP leaders and Udhayanidhi Stalin. 
  • Meanwhile, a Supreme Court lawyer on Sunday filed a complaint with Delhi Police against Udhayanidhi Stalin over his controversial statement on ‘Santana Dharma’. 

Udhayanidhi Stalin, the son of Chief Minister MK Stalin, has refused to apologize for his comment that Sanatana Dharma is akin to a disease and “should be eradicated”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first reaction to the Sanatana Dharma controversy, has said the remarks of Tamil Nadu minister Udhayanidhi Stalin “needs a proper response”.  His response came a day after Udhayanidhi Stalin cited the Central government’s omission of an invite to President Droupadi Murmu for the inauguration of the new parliament as an example of discrimination by practitioners of Sanatana dharma.

The minister, the son of Chief Minister MK Stalin, has refused to apologize for his comment that Sanatana Dharma is akin to a disease and “should be eradicated”. He has repeatedly said he is ready to face any legal action for his comments. There are reports that attempts are being made to get the Tamil Nadu Governor’s sanction to initiate action against him.   

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told ministers present at a meeting that DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin’s remarks should be answered properly. He further said that the restlessness of the opposition is visible and added, “The Opposition needs to read our Constitution.” He said that the Opposition is creating a controversy to avoid the losses they have been facing for insulting the Sanatan.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Development Udhayanidhi Stalin on Saturday sparked a new political row after he compared “Sanatana dharma” with dengue and malaria and said that it should eradicated and not merely opposed.

Speaking at a ‘Sanatana Abolition Conference’ organized here by the Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers Artists Association, Udhayanidhi, who is the son of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, said that Sanatana dharma is against social justice and equality.

Following this, a war of words broke out between several BJP leaders and Udhayanidhi Stalin. Responding to his remark, BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya slammed Udhayanidhi Stalin and said that he was calling for the genocide of 80 percent population of India, who follow Sanatan Dharma.

Later responding to the BJP leader, the Tamil Nadu Minister said that he never called for the genocide of people who are following Sanatan Dharma. He stood by his words and said he is “ready to face any legal challenge”

Meanwhile, a Supreme Court lawyer on Sunday filed a complaint with Delhi Police against Udhayanidhi Stalin over his controversial statement on ‘Santana Dharma’. Complainant Vineet Jindal, a practicing lawyer, has claimed that Udhayanidhi Maran in a speech made a provocative, inflammatory, derogatory, and inciting statement against Sanatan Dharam.

(With inputs from agencies)

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