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DMK’s A Raja Says ‘We’re Enemies Of Ram’, BJP Questions INDIA Bloc’s Silence – News18

DMK MP A Raja (left), and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File photos)

Irked by the DMK leader’s comments, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) responded by questioning the silence of the Congress and other INDIA bloc partners

Addressing a public meeting in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP A Raja criticised Hindu beliefs, targetted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, made derogatory comments on Manipur and questioned the idea of India as a nation.

Irked by his comments, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) responded by questioning the silence of the Congress and other INDIA bloc partners.

A Raja, who is known for his controversial statements, said people of his state won’t accept ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata’, “If you say this is the God. If this is your Jai Sri Ram, if this is your Bharat Mata Ki Jai, we will never accept that Jai Sri Ram and Bharat Mata. Tamil Nadu won’t accept. You go and tell, we’re enemies of Ram.”

Speaking at a public gathering in Coimbatore to mark the 71st birthday of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on March 3, the DMK leader also said, “I don’t have faith in Ramayana, and lord Ram. If you say that in name of the Ramayana is human harmony, where four brothers are born as siblings, one Kuravar as brother, one Hunter as brother, another monkey as another brother, another monkey as the 6th brother, then your Jai Sri Ram is Chi! Idiots!”

He then went on to target PM Modi, accusing him of helping Gautam Adani in looting commoners, citing the Hindenburg report. He also slammed PM Modi for not visiting ethnic riot-hit Manipur and challenged him to come clean on corruption allegations.

During his speech, the DMK MP said India was not a nation but a sub-continent, similar to the divisive notion of India peddled by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. He also quoted the preamble to support his claims.

Responding to A Raja’s statements, BJP Media Cell In-charge Amit Malviya said DMK first made derogatory comments against Sanatan Dharma and then went on to target the idea of India and PM Modi.

Taking to microblogging site X (formerly Twitter), he shared exerpts from the DMK MP’s speech and wrote, “The hate speeches from DMK’s stable continue unabated. After Udhayanidhi Stalin’s call to annihilate Sanatan Dharma, it is now A Raja who calls for balkanisation of India, derides Bhagwan Ram, makes disparaging comments on Manipuris, and questions the idea of India, as a nation. Congress and other I.N.D.I Alliance partners are quiet. Rahul Gandhi, their putative Prime Ministerial candidate’s silence is eloquent.”

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