DMK in fear of losing Hindu votes, tries to repaint its image

In a visible change from its earlier stand, the DMK, which is known for its leaders taking a dig at Hinduism on multiple occasions, has now come to the support of Hindus in the Kandha Sashti Kavasam issue.

A video denigrating Lord Murugan worship has become a political issue, triggering a slanging match between the AIADMK and DMK and providing grist to the BJP to go to town with it and organize protests all over the State on Saturday.

Though the functionaries of Karuppar Kootam, the You Tube channel that put out the video, had been arrested and their office raided by the police after a complaint was filed by some persons whose religious sensibilities were offended by the video, the issue dominated the States’ political arena.

DMK organisation secretary RS Bharathi on Saturday charged that a group with sinister designs was trying to instigate Hindus against the party. Reacting to Karuppar Koottam, a fringe outfit, making derogatory remarks about Kantha Shashti Kavacham, a song in praise of Lord Muruga, Bharathi said the DMK had no connection with Karuppar Koottam.

Someone from the saffron parivar had created a fake Twitter handle to post a message that the DMK would support the outfit in its legal battle. It was aimed at instigating Hindus against the DMK, he charged. Two members of Karuppar Koottam have been arrested for the remarks.

Bharathi said a group had accused that DMK and its president M K Stalin were against Hindus. “There are more than one crore Hindus in the party, and we will not allow the group to even enter Tami Nadu,” Bharathi said.

Stating that linking DMK to the derogatory post by the YouTube channel was an attempt to project DMK as anti-hindu and to create confusion among the Hindus, Bharathi said the DMK has more than one crore Hindus as members and the party always for respectinbg all religions as preached by late
leader Anna.

Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan, in a tweet, said nobody can divide Tamil Nadu people in the name of religion. “An intelligent, advanced society is one in which people live in harmony without imposing their beliefs and hurting others.”