The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday has filed a complaint with the Election Commission demanding disqualification of DMK youth wing leader Udhayanidhi Stalin's candidature in Tamil Nadu Assembly polls 2021 over his remarks against former Union Ministers late Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.
The saffron party has also demanded that the actor-politician and son of DMK president M K Stalin be delisted from their list of star campaigners and debarred from campaigning.
This comes after Udhayanidhi Stalin on Thursday courted fresh controversy over his remarks on the deaths of former Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.
At a campaign meeting in Dharapuram in western Tamil Nadu, Stalin claimed that both Swaraj and Jaitley had died due to pressure from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
His remarks came as a response to PM 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 on Thursday, Swaraj’s daughter Bansuri Swaraj urged 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.”