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Udhayanidhi: Dravida movement was initiated to destroy ‘Sanatan Dharma’

Tamil Nadu Sports Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin Wednesday said that the Dravida movement was initiated to abolish Sanatan Dharma, asserting that the endeavour would remain undeterred. This comment comes two weeks after his contentious remarks on Sanatan Dharma that triggered a nationwide controversy.

“I will not be threatened by priests who call for my death and declare a price on my head,” Udhayanidhi said Wednesday, addressing a meet at Madurai.

Drawing reference to DMK’s founder and ex-CM of Tamil Nadu, C N Annadurai, Udhayanidhi asked the AIADMK, main opposition taht also consider Annadurai as their political guru: “Do you have the courage to say all that Annadurai spoke? Whether it’s about Sanatan or the federal system, only we are upholding everything that Annadurai stood for, not AIADMK.”

He pointedly addressed AIADMK leader Sellur Raju, questioning his courage to echo Annadurai’s views on Sanatan. Annadurai, Udhayanidhi noted, was disheartened by a section that believed in Sanatan.

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Highlighting the recent inauguration of the new Parliament building, Udhayanidhi criticised the decision of inviting  “Aadheenams” from Tamil Nadu, questioning their relevance to the Parliament.

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In a charged statement, he questioned the exclusion of the President of India, Droupadi Murmu, from the event, alleging that her absence was due to her tribal lineage.

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“Even yesterday, they had invited film actresses for a bill introduction, but not the President… We advocate that all are born equal. Hence, annihilating Sanatan is our aim,” Udhayanidhi asserted, underlining the reasons for the DMK’s stance on the matter.

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