Stalin Accuses Modi of Stirring State Conflicts Amid Failing Hate Propaganda

DMK President M K Stalin criticizes PM Narendra Modi for allegedly stoking regional and communal tensions as a political strategy. Stalin accuses the BJP of spreading fake news and hate propaganda, while ignoring key issues like reservation caps and welfare schemes beneficial for the population.

PTI | Chennai | Updated: 18-05-2024 19:59 IST | Created: 18-05-2024 19:41 IST
Stalin Accuses Modi of Stirring State Conflicts Amid Failing Hate Propaganda
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DMK President and Chief Minister M K Stalin on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of picking up a ''cheap strategy'' of stoking confrontation between states as his ''propaganda of communal hatred'' did not help.

Stalin slammed what he called Modi's ''imaginary tales and bags of lies'' by alleging that leaders of southern states including Tamil Nadu (INDIA bloc constituents) were speaking in a derogatory manner, against the people of Uttar Pradesh.

Days ago, PM Modi had alleged in a poll rally that the Samajwadi Party and the Congress's southern allies insulted Uttar Pradesh and Sanatana Dharma but the two parties remained quiet.

The DMK president alleged that it was the BJP that supported and encouraged fake news items, such as the false claims made by ''YouTubers like Manish Kashyap'' of assault on guest workers in Tamil Nadu. Such fake claims were hate propaganda aimed at creating divisions in society.

Kashyap was arrested last year by Tamil Nadu police for alleged circulation of fake videos on ''attacks'' in Tamil Nadu on migrant workers hailing from Bihar. Kashyap, who had been in jail in connection with that case, joined the BJP last month.

Stalin lashed out at Modi saying he did not speak on removing the 50 per cent cap on reservation for Backward classes and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes people, a move that will be very beneficial for the people of Uttar Pradesh. However, Modi was keen on propaganda of hatred alone, the DMK top leader alleged.

''The BJP's divisive dreams will never come true ! false narrative and hatred will be shattered, India will win,'' Stalin said in a statement.

Reacting, BJP Tamil Nadu vice president Narayanan Thirupathy asked what was wrong in Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking about DMK ''disparaging'' people of northern parts of the country like Uttar Pradesh and the Sanatana Dharma as well.

It was only the DMK that spoke of ''north India and south India,'' to divide people and the Dravidian party's Dharmapuri MP, S Senthilkumar spoke of ''Gaumutra states'' belittling people from northern regions of the country. ''How this can be allowed? he asked adding, ''the PM pointed out only such things; the PM's remark was correct.'' The BJP leader also referred to alleged objectionable remarks by some DMK leaders like Dayanidhi Maran and sought to know if speaking about that was wrong. Addressing an event last year, DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran had allegedly said that people in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar who had learnt 'only Hindi,' construct houses, clean roads and toilets in Tamil Nadu, after learning Tamil.

The chief minister said Modi was frustrated as hate propaganda has become useless and he does not have any achievements to tell the people from his ten-year tenure.

Hence, PM Modi has gone to the extent of ''besmirching'' welfare schemes implemented in opposition-ruled states and he has demonstrated that ''he is always against the poor people.'' Stalin said the DMK government's fare-free town bus services scheme for women has benefited them in several ways, ensuring ''travel freedom,'' and claimed that Modi has ''started a rumour'' that passenger traffic has witnessed a decline in Metrorail services.

The Dravidian party chief, citing statistics, said the patronage for Chennai MetroRail (CMRL) has increased significantly and accused Modi of scuttling the CMRL phase-II expansion in the Tamil Nadu capital city by not ''releasing funds'' to the state as agreed by the Centre.

PM Modi has reportedly spoken in an interview on bus and the Metro rail services and whether or not he made a specific reference to Tamil Nadu is not known.

Thirupathy said Larsen and Toubro, that operates the Hyderabad Metro Rail, has said that they will exit the project in 2026 in view of decline in passenger traffic due to free bus rides to women. Welfare schemes should not be motivated by votes and such initiatives must be formulated and provided for the right beneficiaries, who really need it, the BJP leader said.

Stalin said the INDIA bloc was ''racing towards victory'' and accused Modi of making ''propaganda of lies and hatred,'' and people were witnessing the ''Election Commission's silence'' with shock and grief.

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