Udhayanidhi Stalin’s “Sanatan Dharma remark” “needs an appropriate response”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday in his first comment on the Tamil Nadu minister’s controversial remarks last week.
Government sources said Prime Minister Modi, during a speech at a cabinet meeting ahead of the G20 summit in New Delhi, told his party leaders that they must counter comments by Udhayanidhi Stalin, but advised his party leaders to “stick to the facts in accordance with the Constitution.”
He also asked them to “express themselves on the contemporary situation of the question”.
“Sanatana Dharma is like malaria, dengue fever, which must not only be fought but eradicated,” said DMK minister Udhayanidhi Stalin.
WATCH: ‘A call for genocide,’ BJP says of Tamil Nadu minister Udhayanidhi Stalin’s remark ‘eradicate Sanatan Dharma’
Udhayanidhi, the son of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MP Stalin, sparked a political row on Saturday after he compared Sanatan Dharma to vector-borne diseases like dengue fever and malaria.
Speaking at an event, Udhayanidhi said, “Such things should not be fought but destroyed. »
“No religion can be used to get votes and no religion can be abused, nor can any religion be subjected to terms such as malaria or dengue fever,” Prime Minister Modi told his party colleagues then. that he was calling the meeting to discuss the upcoming G20 summit in the nation’s capital on September 9-10.
The Prime Minister further stated that the Constitution states that no religion should be looked down upon and no one can engage in politics in the name of religion.
Udhayanidhi remains adamant on not apologizing for his remarks, but after the PM’s response, the BJP will step up their apology request from the Tamil Nadu minister.
An FIR was filed in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday against DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin and Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge’s son Priyank Kharge for allegedly outraged religious feelings with their statements.
Stalin was condemned for his call for the eradication of Sanatan Dharma and Kharge for supporting his remark.
The two political leaders were jailed under Sections 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings) and 153 A (promotion of enmity between different religious groups) of the IPC.
PM Modi on the India vs. Bharat debate
Reportedly, during the meeting with the Council of Ministers, Prime Minister Modi also advised against his party members to comment on the India-Bharat debate and said only the authorized person should speak on the matter.