New Delhi, December 24, 2023 – DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran has ignited a political firestorm with his purported derogatory remarks on workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, as a video clip of his comments surfaced on social media recently. In the clip, Maran is seen suggesting that individuals from these states, who have learned “only Hindi,” engage in construction work and sanitation activities in Tamil Nadu after learning the local language.
I.N.D.I Alliance leader and DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran says Hindi speakers from UP and Bihar come and clean toilets in TN.— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) December 24, 2023
Rahul Gandhi and Nitish Kumar must clarify, if this is the stated position of the Congress and JDU too.
I.N.D.I Alliance’s divisive agenda is out in full force… pic.twitter.com/i4wwLbYisW
The controversial comments have drawn widespread criticism, with opponents and political leaders expressing strong objection to Maran’s statements. While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its leaders have condemned the remarks, the focus remains on Maran’s alleged divisive comments and their potential impact on the political landscape.
In the video, Maran’s comments not only stereotype workers from Hindi-speaking states but also raise questions about the inclusivity and respect for diverse cultures within the political discourse. Critics argue that such statements can further deepen regional divides and sow discord among different linguistic and cultural groups.
The BJP, in response to the controversy, emphasized the need for respectful discourse in politics but refrained from amplifying their reaction, shifting the spotlight onto the issue at hand. Other opposition leaders have also joined in condemning Maran’s comments, calling for accountability and an apology from the DMK MP.
As the nation heads towards the crucial 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the controversy surrounding Dayanidhi Maran’s remarks is likely to remain a focal point of political discussions. The incident highlights the importance of promoting unity and understanding among diverse communities, urging political leaders to choose their words carefully to avoid further polarization in the country.