Udhayanidhi Stalin Controversy

Udhayanidhi Stalin, Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin's son and state minister

Triggered a political row Saturday by equating 'Sanatana' (Sanatan Dharma) with "mosquitoes, Dengue, Malaria, fever and Corona", adding that it should be eradicated like these ailments.

Sanatan Dharma has been defined as an “eternal” religion, which will always be relevant

Gives the people of the Hindu faith, the freedom to choose any god of their choice, according to the Isha Foundation.

ISKON explains Sanatan Dharma as a set of religious duties incumbent upon all Hindus.

It says it is transcendental in nature and goes beyond temporary belief systems.

Udhayanidhi, who holds the portfolio of Sports and Youth Affairs, made the remarks during a conference.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party has defended its leader saying his statement was “twisted”;

several leaders of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance, the Opposition bloc of which DMK is also an ally, said leaders should refrain from making such comments.