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Stalin Slams PM Modi for ‘Encroachment’ of Temples Taunt Against DMK Regime

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Last Updated: October 06, 2023, 10:26 IST

Stalin asked if the Tamil Nadu government retrieving over Rs 3,500 crore worth properties of temples in the state was wrong (File Photo)

The chief minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged in his Telangana poll campaign two days ago that the DMK government has “encroached” Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu and indulged in “irregularities” vis-à-vis the properties and income of the shrines

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleging that the DMK regime has “encroached” temples in the state and dismissed the accusation as a lie.

Addressing an event in Chennai on Thursday to mark the culmination of year-long events to mark the 200th birth anniversary of saint Vallalar (1823-1874), Stalin said the reformist saint’s preaching is the need of the hour.

Without naming anyone, the chief minister, also president of the ruling DMK said a group of people were trying to gain political mileage by misusing spiritualism. However, the Tamil Nadu people are strong in reasoning and they could easily differentiate between politics and spiritualism. When some are attempting to confuse people, Vallalar’s wisdom is the key to address the matter.

The chief minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged in his Telangana poll campaign two days ago that the DMK government has “encroached” Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu and indulged in “irregularities” vis-à-vis the properties and income of the shrines.

“I categorically deny this allegation and convey my strong condemnation to the Prime Minister.” Blaming a Tamil daily for publishing the “lie uttered by the Prime Minister,” he demanded to know how Narendra Modi, who holds a responsible and high office in the nation could level such a wrong and defamatory allegation.

Also, Stalin asked if it was fair to make such a comment in another state.

The chief minister wondered about the “necessity” for Modi to make such a comment and sought to know on whose behalf the prime minister spoke.

Stalin asked if the Tamil Nadu government retrieving over Rs 3,500 crore worth properties of temples (in the past two years after assuming office) in the state was wrong. “Please tell me, is this wrong? we have held consecration ceremonies for 1,000 temples; is this wrong?” Work is on, at a cost of Rs 100 crore, to refurbish 112 historic temples that are 1,000 year old. “Is this wrong?” he asked.

Also, renovation work for 5,078 temples –including 1,250 shrines in areas where SCs and STs live and 1,250 village temples– are set to be taken up in this financial year alone. “Is this wrong? What is wrong according to the PM? he asked.

The flaw is with the prime minister and as far as the DMK regime is concerned, it is committed to the common good and the goal of “everything for everyone.” To mark such a vision, Stalin said the 17-acre new bus terminus, to be set up in Cuddalore, would be named after Vallalar.

The Vallalar event was held by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the state government.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)

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Lok Sabha Polls Will Be Dynastic Politics & Corruption Versus Development Fight: Nadda

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BJP national president JP Nadda. (PTI/File)

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the LS polls

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda has said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be a battle between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Addressing party workers from Mumbai’s western suburbs during his visit to the metropolis on Wednesday, Nadda said under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India is well on its way to become the third largest economy in the world from fifth now.

Attacking anti-BJP opposition parties, he alleged that they were either dynastic or steeped in corruption.

“You have to reach out to voters and seek their support for a fresh mandate (for BJP at the Centre). First-time voters in the last ten years have seen only development and not corruption like previous governments,” Nadda asserted, referring to the decade-long rule of the Modi administration that started in 2014.

He said the Lok Sabha elections, likely to be held in April-May, will be a fight between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Dynastic politics and corruption will lead to destruction, Nadda said and highlighted the BJP’s development agenda.

Earlier in the day, Nadda met BJP office-bearers from all the 36 assembly constituencies in Mumbai besides party MPs and MLAs from the metropolis.

In his address, Nadda asked BJP leaders from Mumbai to ensure the party ideology reaches the last person in society and urged them to give a befitting reply to opposition attacks on the saffron outfit and its government.

He advised BJP leaders to extensively use social media and seek support of prominent personalities on issues of public interest.

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the national polls.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP and its then-ally, the undivided Shiv Sena, won three seats each in Mumbai. In the Maharashtra assembly polls held in October that year, the BJP won 16 of the 36 seats in the city, while 14 were bagged by the Sena.

The state, where the BJP is in power in alliance with the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the Ajit Pawar-headed NCP, has a 288-member legislative assembly.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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BJP to Release Documentary on Alleged Atrocities Against Women in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali

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The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am (Image: X/BJP)

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections

The BJP is set to release a documentary on Sandeshkhali on Thursday with the party intensifying its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government over the alleged incidents of atrocities and sexual assault on women there.

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am, the BJP said in post on X, asking Banerjee in Bangla, “Didi ke bolo aaro koto ‘Sandeshkhali’ (Tell didi how many more Sandeshkhali like incidents)”.

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The riverine Sandeshkhali area — situated on the borders of the Sunderbans, about 100 kilometres from Kolkata — has been witnessing protests after the local women accused absconding Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his supporters of land grab and sexual assault under coercion.

Interestingly, ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ is a campaign launched by the TMC after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to provide a platform for the people of West Bengal to directly raise their concerns or lodge complaints with Chief Minister Banerjee.

The TMC’s move was reportedly aimed at countering the BJP in the state.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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