Periyar statue vandalised in Tamil Nadu; DMK MP Kanimozhi blames BJP

South India

DMK Lok Sabha Memeber Kanimozhi has blamed the BJP for the incident and demanded stern action against the guilty. 

Tension prevailed in Trichy district of Tamil Nadu after a statue of social reformer Periyar EV Ramasamy was found smeared with saffron dye on Sunday, September 27, by unidentified miscreants.

The statue was also garlanded with slippers. The incident took place at Samathuvapuram colony in Inamkulathur early this morning. After being informed about the incident, police reached the spot and cleaned the statue. The unidentified miscreants are absconding.

People in the locality blocked traffic for some time on the Dindigul highway, protesting against the vandalism and dispersed after police assured them that action would be taken.

Leaders cutting across party lines condemned the incident, which is the second in the recent past after a statue of the rational leader was found daubed in saffron paint in Coimbatore. State Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam assured that stringent legal action would be taken against those involved.

“Periyar was not the leader of just a movement---Dravidar Kazhagam -- but that of Tamils. When are they going to realise that people will further boycott them if they repeatedly do the same mistake," he said in a Facebook post without naming anyone.

However, DMK MP Kanimozhi used the incident to take a dig at the BJP's state unit, referring to its chief L Murugan's recent statement that the saffron party had no hesitation to extend greetings on Periyar's birth anniversary on September 17.

She asked if this was the "respect they show" to the leader, remarks which drew strong response from Murugan, who said there were "political intentions" behind her words, saying a police enquiry was on into the incident.

PMK leader S Ramadoss hit out at the defacing of the statue and demanded "strong action" against those involved.

MDMK founder and Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko, AMMK leader and independent MLA T T V Dhinakaran and VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan, MP, also criticised the latest episode of targeting Periyar's statue and demanded that such elements be dealt with strictly.

E V Ramasamy, fondly addressed by supporters and followers in the reverential term 'Periyar', led a popular self-respect movement in the state based on rationalist principles and is the founder of DMK's parent organisation, Dravidar Kazhagam (with inputs from PTI)

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