Mumbai: PM Narendra Modi, during a meeting with the Council of Ministers, asked the ministers to not comment on the opposition’s allegations of the country’s name being changed from ‘India’ to ‘Bharat’, reports said.
He stressed that only authorized persons should address the matter, reports added.
The Prime Minister delivered the following instructions during a Council of Ministers meeting in New Delhi before the G20 Summit: “Avoid diving into historical themes and focus instead on presenting facts in line with the Constitution. Talk about the issue’s modern dimensions.
The son of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, Udhayanidhi Stalin, sparked a political debate when he compared Sanatan Dharma to ailments like dengue fever and malaria. On Saturday, he said at a speech in Chennai, “We should not oppose such things, but rather eradicate them.”
Different political parties responded strongly to his remarks, with the BJP pressing the Congress to condemn his remarks. Later, Udhayanidhi stated that he had not called for violence against followers of the Sanatan Dharma.
Regarding this issue, the BJP also criticized the opposition coalition INDIA. The head of its IT division, Amit Malviya, claimed that the remark amounted to a demand for the “extermination” of the 80% of the populace who follow Sanatana Dharma.
In Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur, an FIR was filed on Wednesday against DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin and Priyank Kharge, the son of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, on charges of allegedly offending religious sentiments with their statements.