After his 'gaumutra' remarks created stir, DMK MP DNV Senthilkumar S has come out with a clarification on Tuesday.
“I made some statements inside the House. At the time Home Minister and BJP members were present in the House. I have used this before in my Parliament speeches…It is not a controversial statement. Although, if it hurts somebody, I will try to avoid using it next time. I will try to use some other words to mention where the BJP is strong in getting their votes,” the DMK MP Senthilkumar S was quoted by ANI as having said.
He added, “Nobody has come and told me so far that my statements have hurt their sentiments.”
Earlier, Senthilkumar sparked a row saying the power of BJP is “only winning elections mainly in the heartland states of Hindi, what we generally call the 'Gaumutra' states”.
A row erupted over Senthilkumar S’s remark calling the Hindi heartland states as ‘Gaumutra’ states.
“The people of this country should think that the power of this BJP is only winning elections mainly in the heartland states of Hindi, what we generally call the 'Gaumutra' states,” Senthilkumar S told Lok Sabha.
The Lok Sabha MP from Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu was referring to the BJP's victory in the three Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh in the just-concluded assembly elections.
Hitting out at the DMK, Union minister Meenakshi Lekhi said,""I think that is a disrespect of the 'Sanatani' tradition. DMK will soon get to know the benefits of 'Gaumutra'. They are very well aware that this will not be tolerated by the people of the country."
In the assembly elections concluded on Sunday, the BJP ousted the Congress from power in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, while it shattered anti-incumbency in Madhya Pradesh.
But Senthilkumar is not the only DMK leader to have made a controversial remark in the recent times. Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK president MK Stalin's son Udhayanidhi had stoked a massive controversy in September over his remark on Sanatan Dharma.
“A few things cannot be opposed, that should be abolished only. We can't oppose dengue, mosquitoes, malaria, or corona. We have to eradicate this, that's how we have to eradicate Sanatana. Rather opposing Sanatana it should be eradicated,” Udhayanidhi had made the remark at an event.