Jaipur, Rajasthan: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has strongly criticized members of the ‘India’ alliance, accusing them of insulting Sanatan Dharma for political gain. In a recent address in Rajasthan, he singled out prominent leaders from the DMK and Congress, as well as the sons of prominent politicians, for their alleged disregard for Sanatan Dharma in pursuit of vote bank politics.
During his speech, Amit Shah took aim at several individuals within the ‘India’ alliance. He stated that key figures from the DMK and Congress, along with the sons of prominent politicians, had been engaging in actions detrimental to Sanatan Dharma, all in the name of political advantage.
Amit Shah specifically pointed out Udhayanidhi Stalin, the son of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, for his alleged role in undermining Sanatan Dharma. He accused Udhayanidhi of participating in actions that threatened the core principles of this ancient faith.
I.N.D.I.A गठबंधन के दो प्रमुख दल कांग्रेस और DMK कह रहे हैं कि सनातन धर्म को समाप्त कर देना चाहिए।— BJP (@BJP4India) September 3, 2023
तुष्टिकरण और वोट बैंक की राजनीति करने कि लिए इन लोगों ने 'सनातन धर्म' का अपमान किया है।
– श्री @AmitShah
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Shah also mentioned Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, in connection with the perceived insult to Sanatan Dharma. He implied that Karti, too, was involved in activities that disregarded the values of this belief system.
He did not limit his criticism to current events. He brought up a past statement made by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, where Singh had reportedly asserted that the first right on the budget belonged to minorities. Amit Shah contrasted this with his party’s stance, emphasizing that they believed the first right should be accorded to the underprivileged sections of society, including the poor, tribals, Dalits, and backward communities.
#WATCH दो दिन से आप सनातन धर्म का अपमान कर रहे हैं। INDIA के 2 प्रमुख दल DMK और कांग्रेस पार्टी के बड़े नेता कह रहे हैं कि सनातन धर्म को समाप्त कर देना चाहिए…इन लोगों ने वोट बैंक और तुष्टिकरण की राजनीति करने के लिए हमारी संस्कृति का अपमान किया है: केंद्रीय मंत्री अमित शाह pic.twitter.com/2eiVEZY6Dw— ANI_HindiNews (@AHindinews) September 3, 2023
“In their pursuit of appeasement and vote-bank politics, these individuals have, in my view, disrespected the essence of Sanatan Dharma,” Shah remarked.
Continuing to mock the Opposition-led alliance, Shah stated, “Today, leaders within the UPA government and Congress suggest that if Modi secures victory, Sanatan Dharma will reign supreme. Sanatan Dharma is deeply ingrained in the hearts of our people; its presence is indomitable.”
In response to the controversy sparked by his comments, Udhayanidhi clarified that he did not advocate for any form of “genocide,” as suggested by BJP leader Amit Malviya. He reiterated his belief that Sanatan Dharma “creates divisions among people based on caste and religion” and asserted that it needed to be “addressed and reformed.”