Udhayanidhi Stalin says people of Tamil Nadu will never accept BJP’s communal politics

Tamil Nadu Sports Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin on Saturday lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BNJP) and alleged that the party was trying to do communal politics, which would be rejected by the people of the state.

Speaking at a DMK meeting in Ramanathapuram as part of the party’s “Stalin’s voice to retrieve rights” election campaign, Udhayanidhi said, “Ramanathapuram is known for communal harmony. The perfect example of that is our district secretary Katharbatcha Muthuramalingam. Everyone in Tamil Nadu live like brothers and sisters, irrespective of their religion.”

“The BJP is trying to do communal politics. People of the state will never accept that,” he added.

The DMK leader also said that the President of India, Droupadi Murmu, was not invited to the inauguration of the new Parliament because she is from the tribal community and a widow.

“When they inaugurated the new parliament building, the BJP even invited priests from Tamil Nadu, but the President was nowhere to be seen. Do you know why? Because she is a widow, and she belongs to the tribal community,” Udhayanidhi said.

He further said that the DMK refused to take part in the consecration ceremony of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya “as it was built after demolishing a mosque”.

“If you build a temple, the people of Tamil Nadu will come and pray there, but when it comes to elections, they will vote for DMK’s rising sun symbol. That’s how aware people of TN are,” the Sports Minister said.

“Whoever is selected as the DMK candidate from Ramanathapuram, think of the candidate as Kalaignar M Karunanidhi and ensure their victory from the seat,” he said.

Speaking about DMK’s demand for exclusion of NEET from the state, in a rare move, Udhayanidhi praised former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who was from the AIADMK, for not allowing the exam to be conducted in the state till her death.

“But after her death, the AIADMK government bent to the Centre’s pressure and allowed the exam in Tamil Nadu,” he said.

He claimed that the MK Stalin-led DMK government gave Rs 6,000 as flood relief to the people and the Centre didn’t pay “even a single paisa” to the state.

“Our Chief Minister asked Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who visited the state during the floods, for Rs 30,000 crore for relief work. The Finance Minister asked if the Union government was an ATM. I asked her if we were asking for her father’s money,” Udhayanidhi said.

He then alleged that the Union government paid only 28 paise to the state for every rupee the state pays as tax, while the BJP-ruled states get more money.

Udhayanidhi then spoke about the schemes brought in by the DMK government, including the free bus travel for women, the Chief Minister’s Breakfast scheme for schools and the Rs 1,000 aid to the women heads of families.

“Over 17 lakh children benefit from the free breakfast programme for children of government schools,” he said.

DMK Minister Ma Subramaniam, Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi and Thoothukudi DMK MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, were also present during the event.

Published By:

Ashutosh Acharya

Published On:

Feb 17, 2024

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