CHENNAI: Days after suggesting that the DMK treasurer M K Stalin would be the Chief Ministerial candidate, the senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday commended him as not being anti-Hindu.
Briefing newspersons after releasing a documentary on injustice to Hindus in Tamil Nadu made by the Hindu Munnani here, Swamy said Stalin, unlike his father and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, boldly accepted that 90 per cent of DMK workers were Hindus and that he visited temples.
"I will say that if Karunanidhi is not the Chief Ministerial candidate, then Stalin is someone we can work with the policy as he is not anti-Hindu," the BJP leader Swamy said. The policy he referred to was 'non anti-Hindu force' where someone would allow Hindus to live peacefully. However, Swamy added that it was his personal suggestion, and he was unaware of his party's stand on the issue, while noting at times that what he said in the beginning had come true.
Swamy's comments came nearly three weeks after his tweet in which he said, "I am hopeful the MK will decline to be CM candidate and make Stalin leader. Then hope BJP align Stalin and Vijaykant in a new alliance," raising speculations about BJP and DMK coming closer. But DMK joined hands with the Congress.
Responding to a question on BJP's alliance in the coming Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, he said the party had a bright future in the State and there would be a major developmental change before 2019.
On building the Ram temple, he asserted that work on the temple would start from this year.
Earlier, addressing the gathering on the occasion, Swamy wanted history books rewritten to provide more information about empires like the Cholas and the Vijayanagar Kingdom.
The BJP national secretary H Raja and co-founder of "Roots in Kashmir" Sushil Pandit also spoke.