AIADKMK, BJP in war of words in Tamil Nadu over Ganesha idol installation during Vinayaka Chaturthi festivities

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CM Edappadi K Palaniswami made it clear that he would act as per the Madras High Court order on the issue

The Tamil Nadu government’s stand over Ganesha idol installation during Vinayaka Chaturthi festivities in the state seems to have created negative impact on the AIADMK-BJP relations in the state.

The ties between the two parties turned murkier after the war of words between state Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national secretary H Raja on Thursday.

The verbal duel took to next level after Jayakumar reportedly reacted sharply to the remarks of Raja after he allegedly hailed and termed the neighbouring Karataka government as a potent government while attacking the AIADMK-led Tamil Nadu government, reported The New Indian Express.

In his reaction, Jayakumar said that AIADMK was also a potent party and AIADMK government was a potent government.

“Don't rub us on the wrong side,” he warned the BJP leader.

The minister also personally attacked Raja saying that he had to withdraw social media message and apologise to the high court for his remark.

Jayakumar also flayed the tweet by another BJP leader CTR Nirmal Kumar, who alleged that AIADMK was a party that hid behind the saree of a woman for three decades.

Meanwhile, the state government has said that it would follow the high court rulings on the matter.

Talking to reporters in Vellore on Thursday, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami made it clear that he would act as per the Madras High Court order on the issue.

The state government also appealed the people to celebrate Vinayaka Chaturthi at their homes keeping in view the rising COVID-19 cases in the state.

Though the state BJP leaders led by its state president L Murugan met the chief minister seeking relaxation, the latter reportedly rejected the demand.

The state government already issued instructions banning installation of Ganesha idols at public places citing the norms issued by the Centre.

Image credit: The New Indian Express

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