Centre should ask TN CM to withdraw remarks on Lord Ram:Rajnath

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Chennai, Sep 26 (UNI) BJP President Rajnath Singh today said the Centre should ask Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to withdraw his critical remarks on Lord Rama and tender an apology to the Nation as it amounted to 'blasphemy.' Talking to reporters here, he said Mr Karunanidhi's remarks on existence of Lord Rama was a clear case of blasphemy. ''It cannot be taken as a freedom of expression.'' Both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi should ask Mr Karunanidhi, whose party is a constituent of the UPA, to withdraw his remarks and tender an apology to the nation, he said.

''Twenty years back when the Centre banned Salman Rushdie's controversial book 'Satanic Verses' all over the country, why not Congress ask Mr Karunanidhi to withdraw his remark and apologise before the country,'' Mr Singh asked.

''If he did not withdraw his remarks, then all the DMK Ministers in the Union Cabinet should be sacked,'' he added.

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