SP leader takes on DMK MP DNV Senthilkumar over ‘insult’ to Hinduism
LUCKNOW: Even as most of the INDIA bloc members have maintained a stoic silence on DMK MP DNV Senthilkumar’s objectionable comments on Hinduism, senior SP functionary IP Singh has launched a scathing attack on the alliance partner for repeated attacks on Hindu religion. He demanded a strict law to check such criticism to protect the dignity of Hindu religion.
Singh, who comes from Azamgarh, took to X (formerly Twitter) to vent his ire on Senthilkumar’s recent statement in Parliament over BJP’s electoral win, which triggered a row. Speaking in the Lok Sabha on the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, Senthilkumar talked of BJP’s win in Hindi heartland states, which he referred to as “gaumutra” (cow urine) states.
He later took to social media to regret using “a word in an inappropriate way” and apologised for sending “a wrong meaning across”.
Led by Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin, DMK is a constituent of the INDIA bloc. Stalin is known to have cordial relations with SP national president Akhilesh Yadav.
“People don’t dare to insult Islam as Muslim community protects its religion even at the cost of their lives. At the same time, a few crazy Hindus make a mockery of our deities, religious scriptures, culture and customs every other day. DMK leaders who are insulting our faith should publicly announce if they have denounced Hinduism. If they have accepted Christianity as their religion, then how can they criticize Hinduism? Those who don’t like Hinduism can adopt Buddhism or any other religion but should stop such criticism. There should be a stringent law in place to curb this, or else the dignity of Hindu religion will be blown to shreds,” Singh wrote on X on Wednesday.
This is not the first time that a DMK politician has made objectionable comments on Hindu religion. In September, Tamil Nadu CM Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi had blamed Sanatan Dharma for promoting division and discrimination among people and said it should be eradicated.
The statement had triggered a massive row across the country. Then also, Singh had voiced his strong objection to the DMK functionary’s statement.
Singh, who parted ways with the BJP in 2018 to join SP, has been vocal against similar comments from senior politician of his own party Swami Prasad Maurya as well. On at least two occasions in the past four months, Singh has publicly objected to Maurya’s comments on Hindu religion and its deities.
“My problem is with individuals who disrespect the religious belief of 80% people of the country who are Hindus. How can anyone do this and walk away unchallenged irrespective of who the individual is or what his political leanings are,” Singh asked. “Swami Prasad Maurya has adopted Buddhism while his daughter performs Rudrabhishek on every Monday of the Shravan month. If Swami Prasad does not like Hinduism, so be it. But he cannot insult the religion that others are following,” Singh told TOI.
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