Veeramani urges CM to renounce religious rituals in government functions

Dravidar Kazhagam Chairman K. Veeramani on Tuesday asked Chief Minister MK Stalin to abolish Sanskrit religious ceremonies and rituals performed by priests in government functions.

In a statement in Chennai, he appreciated Dharmapuri Lok Sabha MP S. Senthilkumar of the DMK for questioning officials for inviting only a Hindu priest to bhoomi puja during the official launch of a project in his constituency recently.

“What he expressed was not his personal feelings but embraced by DMK Founder Annadurai and late Chief Minister Mr. Karunanidhi,” he said.

Mr. Veeramani said that a government belongs to everyone, including those who do not belong to any religion and that it was not practical for everyone to invite all sections to a government function. “Avoiding religious rituals and ceremonies will protect the Constitution and pave the way for exit from sanadhana [dharma],” he said.

Stressing that such ceremonies were not allowed when the state was ruled by Annadurai and Karunanidhi, Mr Veeramani said secularism did not mean taking away all religions.

“What Mr. Senthikumar raised was not only valid, but justifiable and legal. I also want to recall the circular issued by Anna for the removal of portraits of gods from government offices,” he said.

Ruth R. Culp