Did DMK MP object to Bhoomi Puja, asking for a priest and Imam? No, the claim is misleading!

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TN Minister stops Hindu puja for stone laying ceremony and demanded Catholic way of prayer, this is the level of hate against #SanatanDharm and Hindus in anti-Hindu DMK

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Explanation

The 4-second viral video shows a group of men walking along a mud road. This post is shared with a claim stating, “TN Minister stops Hindu puja for stone laying ceremony and demanded Catholic way of prayer, this is the level of hate against #SanatanDharm and Hindus in anti-Hindu DMK.” Come, let’s check the veracity of this viral claim.

What’s the truth?

We started our analysis with a relevant keyword search on Google, leading us to multiple reports dated back to 2022.

According to The News Minute article, “After a ‘Bhoomi Puja’ was conducted to launch a lake rejuvenation project in Tamil Nadu, DMK MP S Senthilkumar visited the spot and berated officials of the Public Works Department (PWD) for having a Hindu priest conduct the puja. The Dharmapuri MP shared a nearly two-minute-long video in which he is heard questioning the officials when he reached the spot, near Pennagaram in his constituency.

In the video, Senthilkumar questions why only a Hindu priest was called, saying that representatives of all religions should be invited to offer prayers for any such event. He is seen asking an official if he was aware that a government function should not involve prayers of only one particular religion.

Pointing to a saffron-clad Hindu priest, the MP asked the official, “What is this? Where are the other religions? Where are the Christians and Muslims? Invite the Church Father, the Imam, invite those who do not profess any religion, the atheists, the Dravidar Kazhagam (representatives),” he said.

However, he also made it clear he is not against performing puja, but added that such events should involve all faiths. “Do it by inviting everyone,” he said.”

While reading the whole article we came across the tweet posted by the MP on his X handle. According to the 1-minute 56-second video, we can hear his concerns and questions to the officials. He has captioned the post as “Trying to Keep my cool. At times they make me lose my patience.”

When we advanced our search we were able to find more articles addressing the same incident dated back to July 2022. You can read those articles here and here.

All this information makes it clear that the viral video is shared with false accusations against DMK by right-wing supporters to spread hatred among the public.

Conclusion:

To sum up, the viral video claiming that the TN minister stopped Hindu puja for the stone laying ceremony and demanded the Catholic way of prayer is completely false and misleading. In reality, the TN minister asked the officials, where are the other religions.

He went on to insist that they should have invited a Church Father, an Imam, the atheists, people who do not profess any religion, and so on. Thus, we conclude that the 2022 old video is shared with misleading narratives.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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