Udhayanidhi Stalin’s ‘eradicate Sanatan Dharma’ remark sparks row; BJP hits out.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come down heavily on DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin for his remarks calling for the ‘eradication’ of the Sanatan Dharma, the teachings of Hinduism, and equating it with “mosquitoes, dengue, malaria and corona.”

Udhayanidhi, the Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs in the Tamil Nadu government and son of Chief Minister M K Stalin, while addressing a press conference in Chennai on Saturday, said: “Few things cannot be opposed, they should be abolished. We can’t oppose dengue, mosquitoes, malaria or corona, we have to eradicate them. In the same way, we have to eradicate Sanatana (Sanatan Dharma), rather than opposing it.”

Accusing Udhayanidhi of peddling a “bought-out idea from Christian missionaries,” Annamalai wrote on X (formerly Twitter), “The only resolve that the Gopalapuram Family has is to accumulate wealth beyond the State GDP. Thiru, Udhaystalin, you, your father, or his or your idealogue have a bought-out idea from Christian missionaries & the idea of those missionaries was to cultivate dimwits like you to parrot their malicious ideology. 

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