The BJP condemned Tamil orator Nellai Kannan for his provocative comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah at a rally in Tamil Nadu and lodged multiple complaints against him seeking stringent action from the Director General of Police (DGP). “Without even a condemnation, the media and the other parties are supporting this violence, what sort of politics is this?” the official handle of the Tamil Nadu BJP tweeted.
பட்டப்பகலில் வெட்டவெளியில் என்னே ஒரு அறைகூவல்.
மாற்று கட்சியினரும், ஊடகங்களும் ஒரு சிறுகண்டனம் இல்லாது
கைகொட்டி இந்த வன்முறையை ஆதரிப்பது என்ன விதமான அரசியலோ?
— BJP Tamilnadu (@BJP4TamilNadu) December 30, 2019
Kannan had courted controversy at a rally organised by SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India) at Melapalayam near the Tirunelveli district against CAA on Monday where he made those remarks against the Prime Minister and Home Minister. The rally was supposedly organised by the SDPI to show their dissent towards the CAA and NRC. It was attended by Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi leader T Velmurugan, and other popular Muslim fronts. Kannan’s controversial remark went viral across social media, with netizens slamming the Tamil writer for his vicious comments.
The state BJP’s general secretary KS Narendran filed a separate complaint in which he alleged that Kannan’s remarks went against national integrity and would lead to a communal clash. “His entire speech is nothing but one to incite hatred and enmity between the religious groups of Hindus and Muslims. He intentionally insulted the Honorable Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah. I request you to enquire into this complaint and take stringent action against the said Nellai Kannan,” the complaint read. According to reports, the Melapalayam police have booked Kannan under section 504, 505(1) and 505(2) of the IPC.
The National Secretary of BJP H Raja said Nellai Kannan should be arrested within Tuesday or else he will carry out a protest at Marina on Wednesday. Speaking to the reporters at the BJP’s headquarters in Chennai, he said “I have submitted my complaint online and also have sent a copy to DGP on Whatsapp. Hundreds of BJP cadres have registered their complaints against Nellai Kannan, but no action has been taken till now, we cannot be patient anymore. Since the local body election is underway, I request all my BJP cadres across Tamil Nadu to concentrate on the election work. But, if Kannan is not arrested within today (Tuesday), the New Year will start with a protest. BJP senior leaders like L.Ganesan, Pon. Radhakrishnan, CP Radhakrishnan, and H Raja will stage a protest near Gandhi statue. We will sit in Dharna until Kannan is arrested.”
Kannan, who started his political career with Congress, campaigned for AIADMK in 2006 despite Congress being in alliance with DMK. He contested in 1996 election at Chepauk against former TN CM M Karunanidhi and lost by a margin of more than 35,000 votes. Kannan is widely recognized for his public and Inspirational speeches.
Speaking to indianexpress.com, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi leader and MLA Thamimum Ansari said they don’t agree with Kannan’s views. “Whoever it is, they must hold their tongue. Protests against CAA/NRC are taking place considering the interest of the country, the sole purpose of our protests will get diverted if people like Nellai Kannan speak something like this. And a party like BJP knows how to make a small issue into a bigger problem. People who are in a responsible position should know what they speak,” he added.
The Tamil Nadu BJP has also submitted a petition to the Governor to take necessary action against Kannan.
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