Protest, prayers continue in Tamil Nadu

Special poojas performed, Nearly 100 supporters go on hunger strike
Coimbatore/Salem: Protests seeking the release of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa continued across the state with Salem witnessing self-immolation bids and special poojas.
Nearly 100 AIADMK supporters, including MP V. Paneerselvam, were on a hunger strike in Salem when all of a sudden a party cadre Kozhimadu doused himself with kerosene and tried to set himself ablaze. He was rescued and pacified.
Nearly 50 cadres, including women, tonsured their head. Former AIADMK MLA Saraswathi who has been fasting at the famous Anjaneyar temple in Namakkal district, wrote Sri Rama Jayam one lakh and eight times and offered special pooja at th temple.
Speaking to mediapersons she said Ms Jayalalithaa will come out with renewed force and vigour as chief minister. Kongu Ilaignar Peravai also marked their protest.
Special poojas were performed at the famous temples at Namakkal including Kollimalai, Thiruchengode and Thalamalai. A.B. Manikandan of Desiya Makkal Iyakkam said the three-time CM has done a lot of good for the people of the state by way of her schemes.
He said he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukharjee and Governor Rosaiah. In Coimbatore, mayor P. Rajkumar and former mayor S.M. Velusamy sat with 50 other cadres in front of the court complex, protesting Ms Jayalalithaa’s arrest and sought her release.
Anna vegetable market on Mettupalayam road, which has about 50 shops, was shut as a mark of protest. Members of MGR Mandram staged a protest at Gandhi Park junction.
( Source : dc correspondent )
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