Advani demands TN CM retract his anti-Hindu remarks

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Chennai, Sep 20 (UNI) Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and senior BJP leader L K Advani today demanded Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi retract his ''anti-Hindu'' remarks on Lord Ram and the Ramayana.

Talking to reporters here, he said the remarks of Mr Karunanidhi, who is holding a constitutional post, were an ''affront'' on the feelings of the majority Hindus in the country.

As the DMK, is a part of the ruling coalition at the Centre, the BJP demandeds Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi ask Mr Karunanidhi to retract his anti-Hindu remarks, he said.

''I am appalled by the blatantly and provocatively anti-Hindu statements made by Mr Karunanidhi,'' he said, and wondered whether he would have spoken so recklessly if the issue concerned any revered personality or symbol of a minority community.

''What he has done is indeed, perversion of secularism, which cannot be allowed to go unprotested and unchecked. Even an ordinary citizen has a Constitutional duty not to hurt the religious sentiments of any community.'' ''I respect atheists. I respect Mr Karunaidhi being an atheist.

But an atheist in US or any other country will not hurt the faiths of their own countrymen,'' he pointed out.

''Being Chief Minister of a State, his Constitutional duty is even higher and he should not have made such remarks on Lord Ram and Ramayana'', Mr Advani said.

Mr Advani also condemned the attack on residence of Mr Karunanidhi's daughter in Bangalore for his remarks, and also the subsequent torching of a bus in which two people were charred to death.

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