PUDUKKOTTAI: M. Natarajan, husband of AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala, on Sunday accused principal Opposition DMK of “intruding” into the students' protest at the Marina Beach and indulging in violence to bring “disrepute” to the jallikattu movement.
Mr Natarajan also claimed he has “evidence” to substantiate his statement that the DMK was involved in the violence that erupted after police asked students and youngsters converged at the Marina Beach to disperse on January 23.
“The DMK worked hard to overthrow the AIADMK Government by using the students' movement. It will not happen. The DMK has failed and its Working President M K Stalin should tender an apology to the students,” Mr Natarajan told reporters on the sidelines of a marriage function here.
He alleged that members of the DMK Students Wing “infiltrated” into the protests and indulged in violence that resulted in injuries to several policemen and protesters. “I have enough proof to substantiate and prove my statements. I will release the proof of DMK's involvement in the students protest,” Mr Natarajan claimed.
Recalling Mr Stalin's visit to Marina Beach on the first day of the protest on January 17, the husband of the AIADMK chief claimed the DMK leader could not “stomach the insult” he suffered at the hands of the youngsters who asked him to leave the protest site. “This was the reason for the DMK to infiltrate,” he said.
He also claimed PETA came to Tamil Nadu during the DMK-Congress regime and accused the Opposition party of conspiring to bring “bad name” to the O. Panneerselvam-led Government, which has been delivering “good governance.” He urged the Government should take firm action against those behind the riots.
Sasikala to pay homage to Anna on Friday
AIADMK chief VK Sasikala will pay homage to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravidian ideologue CN Annadurai on his 48th death anniversary at his memorial here on February 3.
A party statement said on Sunday that Mrs Sasikala will place a wreath and pay homage at Anna's memorial at the Marina beach here. Besides, the party chief, top functionaries, MPs, and MLAs will also pay respects at the memorial, it added.
Party units in other States including Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and the Union Territory of Puducherry have also been asked to pay homage to Anna.