Sanatana Dharma row: Udhayanidhi tells AIADMK to clarify stand
AIADMK chief Palaniswami had said that Udhayanidhi's Sanatan remark was just a drama and tactic to divert attention from a host of real issues faced by the people.
Tamil Nadu Youth Welfare Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin on Saturday (September 9) demanded to know the stand of principal Opposition AIADMK on the Sanatana Dharma since former Chief Minister and Dravidian ideologue CN Annadurai had staunchly opposed it.
DMK leader Udhayanidhi said he has not spoken on Sanatana what icons "Periyar E V Ramasamy, BR Ambedkar and Annadurai had not spoken," underscoring that his views only reflected the reformist, social justice ideology of such stalwarts.
Reiterating his allegation that the BJP is only involved in "spreading fake news," the minister demanded to know the stand of the main Opposition AIADMK, an ally of the BJP, on the issue.
"Their party's name has Anna's name and no one spoke more against Sanatana than Anna and I would like to know their (AIADMK) opinion; if you meet AIADMK leaders please ask their view," he told reporters here.
AIADMK chief and former Chief Minister Edppadi K Palaniswami had said days ago that Udhayanidhi's Sanatan remark was just a drama and tactic to divert attention from a host of real issues faced by the people.
Senior AIADMK leader D Jayakumar had said that all religions must be respected and denigrating a religion is wrong.
Jayakumar pointed out that Dravidar Kazhagam leader K Veeramani had said that Sanatana Dharma and Hindu religion are one and the same.
Founder of the DMK, Annadurai is popularly known as Anna (elder brother) and he was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu during 1967-69.