Chennai: AICC member and son of senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram, continues to draw flak from various quarters for his comment that the party should stop harping on the slogan of bringing back Kamaraj rule in the state.
Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president E.V.K.S. Elangovan, who is known for his sharp tongue, hit back at Karti with a famous Tamil saying that the donkey cannot appreciate the fragrance of camphor.
“I do not know whether he spoke ill of Kamarajar or not. But I do know that the donkey can’t appreciate the fragrance of camphor,” he told mediapersons Sunday when asked to comment on Karti’s remarks and the continuing protests against it.
Seeking his removal from the primary membership of the Congress for allegedly denigrating Congress icon Kamaraj, members of the Nadar Peravai tried to picket his residence at Nungambakkam on Sunday. They also demanded an unconditional apology from him for the remark. However, the police arrested the sloganeering members of the Peravai.
Taking exception to Karti’s remark, former Union minister G.K. Vasan, who quit the Congress early this month, said, “Without speaking about the achievements of Kamaraj, it is not possible to win people’s support.”
Congress leader Karti had kicked off a controversy at a Youth Congress meeting on November 20 with his comments that the party should stop using the slogan of re-establishing Kamaraj rule and recalling the sacrifices made by its leaders during the freedom struggle.
After his comment kicked off a controversy, Karti said in a statement that he had only batted for projecting development goals along with the slogan of ‘Kamaraj rule’, to win people’s support.