Vetri Val Yatra: TN BJP chief arrested

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The BJP leaders threatened to launch an agitation saying the police action was against their right to offer prayers at the temple.

Tension prevailed at Tiruttani, a town in Tamil Nadu famous for Thiruthani Murugan, on Friday, November 6, when the Bharatiya Janata Party workers tried to launch their “Vetri Val Yatra” in defiance of the government order denying permission to the road show.

The saffron workers clashed with the police when they blocked party workers led by BJP state unit president L Muruguan. The police brought the situation under control by arresting Murugan and about 100 BJP workers gathered there for the yatra.

At least 500 police personnel were deployed at Tiruttani to prevent BJP workers from gathering in large numbers, reported Scroll.in. The BJP leaders threatened to launch an agitation saying the police action was against their right to offer prayers at the temple.

The state government had on Thursday informed the Madras High Court that it will not allow the month-long Yatra slated for Friday citing Covid-restrictions prevailing in the state.

The religious roadshow is part of the BJP’s campaign ahead of the Assembly elections in the state next year. The Yatra, which involves worshipping Tamil deity Murugan, is an attempt to consolidate Hindu votes ahead of the polls, according to Scroll.in.

The Yatra has been a bone of contention between BJP and its Tamil Nadu ally All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, since a music video promoting it showed the saffron party President Murugan as the future leader of the state, and featured a picture of AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran (with inputs from agencies)

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