Stop maligning Tamils for votes: Stalin tells PM Modi over his remarks on Odisha temple’s missing keys

PM Modi had said in a rally in Odisha that keys to the Lord Jagannath temple treasury in Puri have gone to Tamil Nadu


Published May 21, 2024 | 5:16 PMUpdatedMay 21, 2024 | 5:16 PM

MK Stalin asks PM to stop maligning Tamils for votes

Ruling DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday, 21 May took strong exception to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that the missing keys of Lord Jagannath’s treasury in Odisha have gone to Tamil Nadu, alleging that it was an attempt at maligning Tamils for the sake of votes.

Modi should stop making such maligning remarks against Tamils, he said in a statement in Chennai, a day after Modi’s comments at an election rally in Odisha.

What PM Modi said during a Odisha rally?

While lashing out at the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government in Odisha on 20 May, the PM had said that “even the temple of Lord Jagannath in Puri is not safe in the hands of this government,”, expressing concern over the missing keys of Lord Jagannath’s Ratna Bhandar (treasury) for the last six years.

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He had said Odisha wants to know why the BJD has suppressed the judicial commission report on Ratna Bhandar keys. “The role of the BJD in the case is suspect. The BJP government, after it comes to power on 10 June, will make the report public,” Modi had said, adding it is said that the Ratna Bhandar key has gone to Tamil Nadu.

Taking exception, Stalin alleged Modi was “creating a feeling of enmity and anger between people from two states with his hatred speeches.”

Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin’s response

Referring to the PM’s comments on the missing Ratna Bhandar keys, he said: “It amounts to insulting Lord Jagannath, revered by crores of people, besides insulting and hurting the people of Tamil Nadu who have good relations and friendship with the state of Odisha.”

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“Can PM Modi disparage the people of Tamil Nadu as thieves stealing the treasure of a temple…doesn’t it amount to insulting Tamil Nadu? Why such dislike and hatred for Tamils,” the CM asked.

People will understand Modi’s “duplicity” of praising the Tamil language and the people while in Tamil Nadu but speaking ill of them while canvassing votes in states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, he said.

“The PM should stop maligning Tamil Nadu and Tamils for votes,” Stalin said.

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