Udhayanidhi Stalin
Udhayanidhi Stalin
(PTI Photo)

Chennai: DMK youth wing leader Udhayanidhi Stalin has courted fresh controversy over his remarks on the deaths of former Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.

The actor-politician and son of DMK president M K Stalin had at a campaign meeting in Dharapuram in western Tamil Nadu claimed that both Swaraj and Jaitley had died due to pressure from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He made the remarks in response to Modi’s criticism at an election meeting that the DMK was a dynastic party and alluded to Udhayanidhi’s growth in the party. Udhayanidhi had sought to counter this accusing Modi of sidelining senior BJP leaders to ascend the Prime Ministerial throne.

Responding to Udhayanidhi’s comments, Swaraj’s daughter Bansuri Swaraj tweeted urging the actor-politician not to use “my mother’s memory for your poll propaganda.” She said his statements were false and Modi “bestowed utmost respect and honour on my mother.” She added, “In our darkest hour PM and party stood by us rock solid. Your statement has hurt us.” Bansuri tagged Stalin and BJP twitter handles in her tweet.

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