“Prime Minister MK Stalin should demand an explanation from Mr. Thiaga Rajan”
“Prime Minister MK Stalin should ask Mr. Thiaga Rajan for an explanation”
Tension reigned at Madurai airport on Saturday even before the body of Private D. Lakshmanan could be brought in for the wreath laying ceremony. Some of the BJP cadres, who had gathered there, alleged that Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan had made derogatory remarks against them.
The BJP worker alleged that Mr Thiaga Rajan made the remarks angered by the presence of a crowd of party supporters. A sort of verbal duel ensued before army and police personnel intervened.
After the wreath laying ceremony, BJP cadres threw shoes at the official vehicle of Mr. Palanivel Thiaga Rajan. At least five BJP officials were arrested following the incident, police said.
The incident happened despite the deployment of a large number of police officers at Madurai airport.
Separately, in a complaint lodged with the Madurai Police Commissioner, Madurai District BJP Treasurer G. Rajkumar called for appropriate action against the Finance Minister.
“BJP for Peace”
Responding to a question about the incident, BJP State Chairman K. Annamalai told reporters in Karaikudi that it was wrong to engage in violence against the finance minister. The BJP, he said, has propagated peace and development. The party has a rich tradition of respecting every citizen. Attacking or throwing shoes at the minister’s vehicle was reprehensible. However, he said that according to Madurai District BJP Chairman P. Saravanan, it was the minister’s provocative speech that led to the incident.
According to the protocol, after the government (i.e. minister, tax collector, deputy and other elected officials) pays tribute to the martyr, political parties and leaders would be allowed to pay tribute to the martyr. dead soul.
The DMK Chairman and Chief Minister MK Stalin should demand an explanation from Mr. Thiaga Rajan about what happened at the airport and take action against him for his remarks, Mr. Annamalai demanded.
Trade Tax and Registration Minister P. Moorthy in a statement condemned the act of BJP officials, who threw shoes at Mr. Thiaga Rajan’s vehicle and said the DMK would press for legal action. Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee, CPI(M) and Dravidar Kazhagam condemned the BJP for the incident.
In a statement, TNCC Chairman KS Alagiri said, “Every action of the BJP is undertaken with political interests in mind. They must stop acting without tolerance or political decency. If these actions are to continue, they will have to face the consequences,” he said.
CPI(M) Secretary of State K. Balakrishnan said BJP cadres were seeking to gain political ground even with the death of a soldier. Dravidar Kazhagam chairman K. Veeramani called for vigilance to monitor the actions of the BJP and RSS. Mr. Thiaga Rajan, who had attended a convocation ceremony in Madurai, told reporters that he was saddened by the death of the soldier. “I have been in contact with Ministry of Defense officials over the past two days. I don’t want to get involved in petty politics when the country has lost a brave soldier. he said.
(With contributions from L. Srikrishna at Karaikudi).