Naam Tamizhar Katchi founder leader Seeman has triggered a row after he ‘justified’ the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in his campaign speech for NTK candidate K Kandasamy in Vikravandi.
In the election rally speech, a video of which has gone viral now, Seeman justified the assassination of Gandhi, who was killed by an LTTE suicide bomber on May 21, 1991 at nearby Sriperumbudur.
Seeking action against Seeman, state Congress President KS Alagiri said “Tamils will never forget Seeman for advocating an organization that brutally killed the former Prime Minister.” His comment comes at a time when both the Tamil Nadu Government and other Tamil exclusivist groups are requesting the TN Governor to release the seven convicts of Rajiv Gandhi assassination case who are serving their sentence for the last 28 years.
Alagiri added that Seeman’s speech is disrupting the public peace and he should be booked with sedition. “Rajiv Gandhi was the one who took steps to eradicate the sufferings the Tamils faced in Sri Lanka for 40 years. The former PM sent the peace-keeping force to save Tamils, but LTTE killed more than 2,000 Indian soldiers and Seeman is trying to hide their cowardly act. There can be no bigger anti-national than Seeman, the election commission should immediately suspend Naam Tamilar’s recognition as a political party,” the Congress leader said in a statement.
Congress MP Su. Thirunavukkarasar too slammed the NTK leader for his provocative speech. “Rajiv Gandhi’s killing shook the entire world. LTTE never claimed responsibility for that act, Seeman’s speech will not be liked even by the supporters of LTTE. Seeman has spoken against the integrity of India, I condemn his speech and urge the police to take action against him to uphold law and order in the state,” he said.
Based on the complaint from Villupuram North district Congress President Ramesh, the police booked Seeman under sections 153 A (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code.
Unfazed by the criticism of Congress leaders, Seeman said he will not take back his comments on Rajiv Gandhi.
Speaking to reporters at the Chennai airport Monday, he said “Congress didn’t raise any objection when certain people glorified Godse for killing Gandhi. They have been repeatedly claiming that LTTE was responsible for Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination and made all the International committees to blacklist our representatives. Now they are condemning me for saying that we killed Rajiv Gandhi, I have been telling this for the past 25 years. Even if I say we didn’t kill Rajiv Gandhi are you going to believe us?” asked Seeman.
Seeman further blamed both Congress and DMK for the death of Tamils in Sri Lanka during the war in 2009. “Congress was in power at the center and DMK was ruling in Tamil Nadu when thousands of innocent Tamils got killed in Sri Lanka during the war. Election Commission hasn’t prescribed any guidelines on what we should speak during elections, I have seen plenty of cases like this, I’m not bothered about the cases Congress filed against me,” he added.
The Vikravandi and Nanguneri assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu will face bye-polls on October 21. The constituencies fell vacant after Vikravandi DMK legislator K Radhamani passed away this June and Nanguneri Congress legislator HL Vasantha Kumar resigned his post after being elected as the MP. The ruling AIADMK party named MR Muthamizhselvan for Vikravandi constituency who will take on DMK’s N Pugazhendhi. Similarly in the Nanguneri constituency, AIADMK’s Rettiyarpatti V Narayanan will lock horns with R Manoharan of Congress.
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