Tamil Nadu BJP Chief K Annamalai Slams DMK Leader Udhayanidhi Stalin

Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief K Annamalai launched fresh attacks on DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin over his recent remarks on ‘Sanatana Dharma,’ categorizing the comments as a perpetuation of hatred towards a particular religion. Annamalai asserted that such comments amounted to advocating for the eradication of a specific culture, which he likened to genocide.

In a statement to ANI, Annamalai condemned Udhayanidhi’s statements, emphasizing, “What Udhayanidhi spoke yesterday should be condemned by the 142 crore people of the country because hatred for a particular religion came out yesterday. He was reading the speech from a text, which was consciously prepared, and he was reading it line by line. The eradication of a particular culture is called genocide.”

Addressing a conference on Saturday, Udhayanidhi, who serves as the Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs in the Tamil Nadu government, equated ‘Sanatana’ (Sanatan Dharma) with “mosquitoes, Dengue, Malaria, fever, and Corona,” suggesting that it should be eradicated like these diseases.

In response, Annamalai defended the significance of ‘Sanatana Dharma,’ explaining, “The word ‘Sanatana Dharma’ was there even before the Christian religion or Islamic religion came. ‘Sanatana Dharma’ means eternal, timeless dharma. It has been there for a long, long time. If you have to eradicate ‘Sanatana Dharma,’ you have to finish off all the temples and people’s essential religious practices. Who is Udhayanidhi Stalin to abolish ‘Sanatana Dharma’?”

Annamalai continued to criticize Udhayanidhi’s remarks, asserting, “Railing against Sanatan Dharma in Chennai on Saturday, Udhayanidhi said, ‘Few things cannot be opposed, they should only be abolished. We can’t oppose Dengue, mosquitoes, Malaria, or Corona, we have to eradicate them. In the same way, we have to eradicate Sanatana (Sanatan Dharma).'”

Furthermore, Annamalai accused the DMK of being an anti-Hindu party, emphasizing their alleged animosity towards Hindus. He commented, “Udhayanidhi is there in politics because of his grandfather and because of his father Stalin, if he had come the hard way, seen real people, be a part of the struggle, he clearly knows what to speak and what not.”

Earlier, Annamalai had accused Udhayanidhi of promoting ideas from Christian missionaries and criticized his family’s focus on amassing wealth. Annamalai’s statement on social media read, “The only resolve that the Gopalapuram Family has is to accumulate wealth beyond the State GDP. Thiru @Udhaystalin, you, your father, or his or your ideologue have a bought-out idea from Christian missionaries & the idea of those missionaries was to cultivate ******* like you to parrot their malicious ideology.”

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