A video of DMK chief Dayanidhi Maran, which social gathering sources declare is outdated, can spell bother for the unity of INDIA bloc at a time when it’s gearing up for the large Lok Sabha contest only a few months away.
In a video, the authenticity of which NDTV can not confirm, DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran is heard evaluating the job prospects of those that have studied solely Hindi with those that know English. On this context, he says those that research solely Hindi in Bihar “construct homes” and “clear bathrooms” in Tamil Nadu.
“Solely as a result of they (individuals right here) studied English, in the present day they earn fats salaries in IT corporations. They are saying ‘Hindi Hindi’. You already know properly who construct buildings. Those that research solely Hindi in Bihar construct homes for us in Tamil Nadu, sweep roads and clear bathrooms,” Mr Maran was heard saying within the video that has now gone viral.
I.N.D.I Alliance chief and DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran says Hindi audio system from UP and Bihar come and clear bathrooms in TN.
Rahul Gandhi and Nitish Kumar should make clear, if that is the said place of the Congress and JDU too.
I.N.D.I Alliance’s divisive agenda is out in full pressure… pic.twitter.com/i4wwLbYisW
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) December 24, 2023
Whereas Mr Maran couldn’t be reached, sources from the DMK have claimed it was an outdated video that has been recirculated by the BJP. The DMK sources mentioned the BJP has recirculated the video to divert consideration from the backlash Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman faces amid her face-off with the Tamil Nadu authorities over its demand for flood reduction funds.
Hindi imposition is an emotive situation in Tamil Nadu and the DMK has been on the forefront of agitations towards alleged makes an attempt to impose Hindi within the southern state.
The video of Mr Maran, in the meantime, has sparked a political row, drawing criticism from leaders of each the BJP and INDIA ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in Bihar.
Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister and RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav condemned the remarks. “That is condemnable. Leaders from different states, regardless of which social gathering they belong to, ought to keep away from making such remarks. This nation is one. We respect individuals from different states and we count on the identical. Such remarks shouldn’t be made,” he advised the media.
The DMK chief’s viral video drew fireplace from Union Minister and Bihar chief Giriraj Singh. Mr Singh used the chance to launch a scathing assault on the DMK in addition to its ally Congress. “The language of Congress and DMK is a language to interrupt the nation. Individuals from Bihar, wherever they go, work laborious, and it isn’t against the law to work with self-respect. They contribute to that state’s growth,” he mentioned.
The firebrand BJP chief accused DMK of insulting the nation and referred to social gathering chief Udhayanidhi Stalin’s feedback on Sanatan Dharma that had sparked an enormous row. “They’ve achieved this earlier. They spoke about ending Sanatan, now they’re focusing on labourers. That is unlucky. and Rahul Gandhi derives enjoyment from such remarks,” he mentioned.
BJP chief Amit Malviya shared the video, saying Rahul Gandhi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ought to make clear if the DMK chief’s remarks are in keeping with their events’ place.
Earlier, INDIA events influential within the northern a part of the nation have been caught on a sticky wicket by Mr Stalin’s Sanatana Dharma remarks. The recent controversy comes at a time when the Opposition bloc is racing towards time to iron out inside conflicts and regional rivalries and equipment up for the large combat towards a formidable BJP.