In a recent development, Tamil Nadu minister Udhayanidhi Stalin, amidst a concentrated attack from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over his anti-Sanatana Dharma remarks, launched a counteroffensive. Stalin accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of diverting attention from the ongoing Manipur violence and matters associated with corruption. In response to the cases filed against him, Stalin asserted his commitment to facing them through legal means.
Drawing an unconventional parallel between Sanatana Dharma and diseases like dengue and malaria, Udhayanidhi Stalin asserted that “Sanatana is like malaria and dengue and so it must be eradicated and not opposed.”
In an official statement, Udhayanidhi Stalin accused BJP leaders of distorting his statements and declared his intent to address the legal cases with the guidance of the party president and advice from the party high command.
Stalin vehemently criticized the Prime Minister, accusing him of being “globe-trotting” while Manipur faced turmoil. He questioned the BJP’s track record, labeling their promises as “empty” over the past nine years and highlighting the rising chorus of questions regarding their actions for the nation’s welfare.
Udhayanidhi Stalin also expressed a resolve to work towards the realization of the ideologies of prominent leaders like Periyar, Anna, Kalaignar, and Perasiriyar, emphasizing the importance of social justice.
In response to his statements, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin clarified that Udhayanidhi’s views on Sanatan principles were not intended to offend any religion or beliefs but to address discrimination against Scheduled Castes, Tribals, and Women. He criticized pro-BJP forces for spreading a false narrative against Udhayanidhi and questioned whether the Prime Minister was aware of these falsehoods or knowingly promoting them.
This ongoing political discourse highlights the tensions surrounding Sanatana Dharma, and the legal battle ahead will likely shape the political landscape in Tamil Nadu.