The Indian political scene was stirred up due to a controversial remark made by DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin on eradicating “sanatana dharma.”
Political Parties Respond to the Controversy
As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continues its verbal assault on Udhayanidhi Stalin for his remark, the Congress offered their support.
On Monday morning, senior Congress leader KC Venugopal underlined the party’s respect for all religions and their right to express their views, citing “Sarva Dharma Samabhava,” a Congress ideology meaning respect for all religions.
Despite some considering the Congress’s reaction as tepid, a more forceful comment came from Karnataka minister Priyank Kharge.
Backing his party’s stand, Mr. Kharge said any religion that fails to promote equality and human dignity is “as good as disease.”
Priyanka Chaturvedi Offers Support
Shiv Sena UBT leader Priyanka Chaturvedi also came in support, defending Sanatan Dharma as the bedrock of the country, linked to inclusiveness of all faiths and identities.
Ms. Chaturvedi also took a dig at the BJP, accusing them of “fake concern” that “exposes their sick hypocrisy.”
The DMK leader’s remark has yet to draw any responses from other alliance members, including the Aam Aadmi Party and the Trinamool.
However, Mr. Stalin’s party colleagues, and smaller parties in Tamil Nadu have been fervent in defending him, reflecting their courageous attitude towards the controversy.
BJP’s Criticism and the INDIA Alliance’s Response
Union Home Minister Amit Shah led the BJP’s criticism against Udhayanidhi Stalin, accusing the INDIA alliance as anti-Hindu.
The BJP continued to slam the INDIA bloc for Mr. Stalin’s comments, asking if the anti-Hindu strategy is part and parcel of their election strategy.
In response, the DMK leader maintained his stance despite the criticism, ready to face any charges against his statement.
With the statements and counter statements, the controversy around the “eradicate sanatana dharma” is stirring the political landscape in India, with potential implications on the next state elections and the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.