Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today said that the anti-Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi were instigated by Opposition parties and anti-social elements for vested interests.
Speaking to the media, he said, “The government of Tamil Nadu is taking all legal efforts to close the Sterlite Copper Plant in Thoothukudi. Section 144 was imposed so there are no untoward incidents occur. Despite this, for selfish reasons, opposition leaders decided to go ahead with protests.”
Palaniswami was accompanied by his deputy O Panneerselvam at the media briefing. He accused the Opposition of indulging in the ‘drama’.
The CM said, “Opposition is instigating the protesters.” Palaniswami added that DMK leader M K Stalin could have given a petition at the business advisory committee meeting and not walked out and protested.
High drama was witnessed at the State Secretariat
this afternoon when Opposition leader Stalin
and his party MLAs staged a snap agitation by resorting to a dharna in front of the Chief Minister’s chamber demanding his resignation, following which they were forcibly evicted and arrested.
After they were bodily lifted and evicted, Stalin, along with Deputy Leader of the Opposition Duraimurugan and others staged a dharna near the
exit gate of the Secretariat complex, before resorting to a road roko agitation blaming Chief Minister Palaniswami for the police firing on anti-sterlite protestors that claimed 13 lives in Tuticorin.