Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said the ruling DMK was not against religion but was against communalism.
In his reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address in the State Assembly, he said rumours were being spread by a group that the DMK government was rationalist and anti-religion.
Rejecting this charge, Stalin said the present government was only against communalism and not religion.
He reiterated that the government was not against believers, but against those who use people’s religious faith for their personal gains. Fron May 2021 when the DMK government assumed office to till October 31, 2022, it has recovered 3,150 acre of encroached lands worth Rs 3,657.48 crore belonging to temples and charities, he said, adding, true devotees were praising the government and those who did not like the government earning goodwill were criticising it.
Refuting Opposition allegations that the law and order had deteriorated in the State, he said the state government will never allow communal, racist and extremist forces to grow in Tamil Nadu and take all steps to ensure that the State remained violence-free.
He said the State was attracting a lot of investment from abroad as it remained a haven of peace due to the government’s efforts.