The Indu Makkal Katchi stirred a controversy Tuesday by putting up posters featuring BR Ambedkar on his death anniversary clad in saffron clothes with ‘holy ash’ smeared on his forehead.
The incident took place at Kumbakonam town in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur district. The cadre of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) shared a photograph of the poster on social media and condemned the Indu Makkal Katchi for ‘defaming’ Ambedkar.
VCK leader and Chidambaram Lok Sabha MP Thol Thirumavalavan took to Twitter and urged the Tamil Nadu government to arrest the people responsible for putting up the posters. VCK cadre allegedly tore up some of the posters.
The caption of the poster apparently says, “Kaavi (ya) thalaivanin pugazhai potruvom (let us celebrate the legacy of the saffron leader).” The Kumbakonam police told indianexpress.com that they were conducting an inquiry into the incident.
Meanwhile, Indu Makkal Katchi leader Arjun Sampath attempted to pay his tribute at Ambedkar’s statue in the Madras High Court but was stopped by a section of advocates.
It is to be noted that a huge controversy erupted in the past when a portrait of Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar wearing saffron clothes was put up at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) in Coimbatore. The portrait was removed within hours following the uproar.