Sanatan Dharma Remark Row: Tamil Nadu Youth Welfare Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin on Monday (6 November 2023) gave a statement on his comments on Sanatan Dharma. Udhayanidhi said, ‘There was nothing wrong in what I said. I will face this matter legally. I am not going to make any change in my stance. I have only talked about my ideology.”
He gave this reaction to the comment made by the Tamil Nadu High Court while hearing his case. The court had said in the petition filed on behalf of Udhayanidhi that the police was negligent in its duty as it did not take any action against Udhayanidhi Stalin and Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department Minister PK Shekharbabu on the basis of their statements.
‘Did not say anything that my leaders did not do’
Udhayanidhi Stalin, citing eminent leaders Dr BR Ambedkar and Periyar EV Ramasamy, said that his comments on Sanatan Dharma were not something that their leaders had not done before. He spoke to reporters after meeting Viduthalai Chiruthigal Katchi chief Thol Thirumavalavan here as part of DMK’s signature campaign against NEET. Thirumavalavan said that his party fully supports the DMK campaign.
In another petition filed in the Tamil Nadu High Court, it was said that Udhayanidhi had not followed the limits of the Constitution by making his comments on Sanatan Dharma. According to the oath, whenever a minister holds any post, he takes an oath on the Constitution that he will not discriminate against any party, person or institution on the basis of its identity, but Udhayanidhi has done so. Therefore he should be removed from the post.
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