Slipper thrown at Tamil Nadu finance minister’s car, 5 BJP workers arrested

Palanivel Thiaga Rajan is a strong voice of the ruling DMK party

Chenai:

Five BJP employees have been arrested after a slipper was thrown at the car of Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan in Madurai.

The Minister was in Madurai to pay respects to Rifleman D Lakshmanan who was killed in the line of duty during an encounter with terrorists in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The five people arrested are members of the BJP party. An investigation is ongoing,” a senior police official told NDTV.

Pressed to respond to what sparked the incident, the officer said: “I don’t want to say anything now. Only after investigation can we share information.”

BJP workers, who had gathered to receive party chairman K Annamalai, reportedly raised slogans against the minister.

A DMK official, whom NDTV spoke to, said the place to pay tribute was full of BJP party workers. BJP State Chairman K Annamalai also wanted to pay tribute. The minister stressed that this would be a breach of protocol as only designated members, including the tax collector, should be part of it.

As the police tried to control the crowd, word spread that the minister wanted the party workers removed.

A video shared by DMK, which NDTV cannot independently verify, shows a woman bending down to remove her slipper and throwing it at the minister’s car. The slipper landed on the windshield, near the national flag mounted on the car.

Later, Mr. Annamalai was allowed to pay his respects.

“Annamalai broke military protocol for a photo op. Final respects are only given by the regiment. Annamalai wanted a photo op with the body. He posted this photo to the service. He should have paid his respects in the house/le village, not military service,” a DMK official said.

Dr Palanivel Thiaga Rajan, a strong voice of the ruling DMK, had also recently attacked Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman over her claims that states had agreed to the GST levy on branded food products , at the GST council meeting.