Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): After the INDIA alliance cancelled their rally in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said that they are afraid of facing public wrath over DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin's call to "eradicate Sanatana Dharma".
"After seeing the anger of the public they cancelled INDI's rally...People were enraged that 'Sanatana Dharma' had been insulted and Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Kamal Nath and Digvijay Singh were silent on this. They got afraid because of this," CM Chouhan said. On Saturday, former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and state Congress chief Kamal Nath said that the INDIA bloc comprising over two dozen opposition parties' first joint public meeting in Madhya Pradesh has been cancelled.
Nath made the remark while talking to reporters in the state capital Bhopal on Saturday.
Nath said the rally has been cancelled
On being asked about the INDIA rally in the state, Nath said, "The rally is not going to happen. It has been cancelled." Earlier, the INDIA bloc had decided to hold their first joint public meeting in Bhopal in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh in the first week of October and said the constituent parties would start seat-sharing talks at the earliest.
The first meeting of the Coordination Committee of INDIA was held at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence in the national capital. Addressing a seminar in Chennai earlier, Udhayanidhi, the minister for Sports and Youth Affairs in Tamil Nadu, equated Sanatana with "mosquitoes, dengue, malaria, fever and corona", adding that it should be eradicated and not merely opposed.
Taking a strong exception to Udhaynidhi's statement, BJP leaders and seers had earlier demanded that he take back his words and issue an apology.