Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a sharp critique of the opposition’s INDIA alliance, characterizing it as an “arrogant” alliance with intentions to “destroy Sanatana Dharma.” His remarks come in the wake of controversy stirred by Udhayanidhi Stalin, the son of Tamil Nadu’s chief minister, who made comments about eradicating “Sanatana Dharma.”
Addressing a gathering in Madhya Pradesh, where he inaugurated projects worth over ₹50,700 crore, PM Modi cautioned, “Everyone should be alert. By removing ‘Sanatana,’ these people want to push us thousands of years back.” He further remarked, “The Ghamandiya alliance met in Mumbai recently. This INDI alliance neither has any policies or issues nor a leader. They have a hidden agenda of attacking Sanatan Dharma, which they want to destroy.”
Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Controversial Remark: The controversy ignited on September 3 when Udhayanidhi Stalin made a statement comparing “Sanatana Dharma” to diseases like dengue and malaria, asserting that it should not merely be opposed but “eradicated.” His exact words were, “A few things cannot be opposed, that should be abolished only. We can’t oppose dengue, mosquitoes, malaria, or corona. We have to eradicate this, that’s how we have to eradicate Sanatana. Rather than opposing Sanatana, it should be eradicated.”
As a consequence of these remarks, an FIR was filed against Udhayanidhi Stalin and Congress leader Priyank Kharge for “hurting religious sentiments” under Section 153A (promoting enmity between different religious groups) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
PM Modi’s Critique of Congress: In his address, Prime Minister Modi also took aim at the Congress party, claiming that it had left the state of Madhya Pradesh and its people “high and dry” during its rule. He pointed out, “The party (Congress), which ruled this state for decades, left it high and dry and a laggard economically when compared to other states. People from previous generations would remember how the Congress left the state’s Bundelkhand region in desperate need of water, electricity, and roads.”
Highlighting the progress made under BJP rule, PM Modi remarked, “Today, under the BJP rule, new roads have been built in every village and electricity has been provided to every household. I am convinced that Madhya Pradesh will touch new heights when it comes to industrialization in the coming days.”
The Prime Minister’s comments have added fuel to the ongoing political discourse in India, as the nation prepares for upcoming political developments and discussions on various issues of national significance.
Sources By Agencies