Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee conveyed her disapproval of Udhayanidhi Stalin’s statement about Sanatana Dharma, which has stirred massive controversy ahead of the state elections. The remarks had drawn severe flak from politicians and religious leaders.
The remark has also caused a dilemma in the opposition bloc INDIA inviting the diplomatic skills of leaders to preserve unity. Banerjee, who has remained silent about the issue over the past day, spoke up after Congress commented on the issue.
Mamata Banerjee On Udhayanidhi Stalin's Statement
1. The Trinamool Congress Chief stated, "We should not be involved in any matter which might hurt a section of people". "As far as the remarks (of Udhayanidhi Stalin) are concerned, he is a junior. From my side, I am not clear about why and on what grounds he has commented. I feel that every religion should be equally respected," said the West Bengal Chief Minister on Monday evening after her party spokesperson referred to the comments as unfortunate."
2. Mamata Banerjee added that while she respects the people of Tamil Nadu and South India, she humbly requests that they "respect all, as every religion has separate sentiments." Stressing on the "Unity in Diversity" and secular practices in India, Banerjee said that she respects the Sanatana Dharma. "We derive our learning from the Vedas... We have so many purohits and our state government offers pensions to them. We have so many temples across the country. We visit temples, mosques, and churches," she added.
3. On Saturday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin’s son, Udhayanidhi Stalin, made a controversial remark on Sanatana Dharma while speaking at the Sanatana Abolition Conference. Comparing Sanatana Dharma with "Dengue," Malaria," and "Corona," the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) minister stressed that "Sanatana Dharma should not just be opposed but eradicated."
4. The head of the BJP cell, Amit Malviya, stated that Udhayanidhi Stalin was "calling for the genocide of 80 percent of the Indian population." Responding to this statement, Udhayanidhi Stalin pointed out that he never called for the "genocide of people who were following Sanatana Dharma."
5. The Congress also chose to distance itself from the controversy. Acharya Pramod, the Congress leader, said that despite efforts put in to eradicate Sanatana Dharma over the past 1000 years, no one has succeeded.
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