Tamil Nadu Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) president K Annamalai has stated if his party wins. All the Periyar sculptures put near temples around the state will be destroyed. On November 7, he declared in front of the iconic Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam,
“If there is a party that is against the people, it is the DMK [Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam].”
After DMK Came in power in 1967, they erected a plaque outside this shrine. What does the plaque refer too? It means those who believe in God are fools, and those who believe in God have been duped’. ‘You don’t believe in God.’
They have placed these outside all temples and erected flags as if they have achieved something. Despite this, Hindus live peacefully. As a result, the BJP has taken a position on the soil of Srirangam today. We will destroy all sculptures and flagpoles that proclaim there is no god as soon as the BJP takes power in Tamil Nadu.” We will remove all these statues and flagpoles that say there is no god.”
After dismantling the Periyar statues, the BJP president stated that the party would erect statues of Alvar and Nayanar (Vaishnavite and Savaite) saints, Tamil poets, independence heroes, and Thiruvalluvar.
This isn’t the first time the BJP and the right wing have tried to saffronize Thiruvalluvar, the famed ancient Tamil poet. In 2019, Hindu Makkal Katchi founder Arjun Sampath put saffron robes around a Thiruvalluvar statue and hung rudraksha beads around its neck, sparking outrage. The incident garnered tremendous condemnation because Thrivalluvar is widely regarded as a secular politician in Tamil Nadu.
“The DMK government say they will eradicate Sanatana Dharma,” Annamalai said, referring to the ongoing Sanatana Dharma dispute. The DMK, an evil power in Tamil Nadu, has stated that it will not allow Tamil Nadu’s Hindus to practise Sanatana Dharma.” He went on to state, “All parties in Tamil Nadu claim to be the friends of Hindus, but not even one of them will say that they will remove statues that say there is no god.”
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In relation to the Sanatana Dharma controversy, DMK minister Udhayanidhi Stalin, whom Annamalai was alluding to, doubled down on his call for the doctrine’s abolition earlier this week, saying, “I have not expressed anything more than what Ambedkar or Periyar did… There is nothing incorrect in what I said. Whatever happens, we’ll handle it legally.”