BJP sacks office-bearer for damaging Periyar statue, H Raja expresses regret

BJP sacks office-bearer for damaging Periyar statue, H Raja expresses regret

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tamil Nadu president, Tamilisai Soundararajan expelled R Muthuraman, party functionary, on Wednesday.

The action was taken after he was arrested for vandalising the statue of social reformer Periyar (EV Ramasamy) at Thirupathur in Vellore district.

BJP national secretary H Raja on Wednesday issued a clarification on the social media post that advocated removal of Dravidar Kazhagam founder Periyar E V Ramasamy’s statues in Tamil Nadu.

Raja said the the post was published “without his permission” by his social media admin. He also expressed regret and said the post was taken down.

Raja had posted: “Who is Lenin? What is the connection between him (Lenin) and India? What connection between communism and India? Lenin’s statue was broken down in Tripura. Today it is Lenin’s statue in Tripura and tomorrow it will be the statue of caste fanatic EV Ramasamy.”

The two parties that swear by Periyar’s ideology are the DMK and AIADMK, the most powerful parties in TN, apart from a host of smaller Dravidian outfits.