A bitter argument has erupted between ‘RSS ideologue’, chartered accountant and Thuglak editor S Gurumurthy and the ruling AIADMK, over the former’s comments hitting out at chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam.
Referring to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)’s decision to take action against supporters of rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran on Monday, Gurumurthy, on his Twitter handle, described them as “weak men” and “impotent leaders.”
“These weakmen took action after almost six months.. impotent leaders… After shock RK Nagar poll defeat, AIADMK cracks whip against nine Dhinakaran men,” Gurumurthy tweeted.
He added: “Edappadi & OPS are beginning to act as leaders. Till now they only knew how to touch leader’s feet and collect bribes for them. AIADMK acts against Dhinakaran loyalists: Four lose party positions, five booted out via.”
AIADMK IT head Singai G Ramachandran asked the editor of Thuglak to “mind your words.”
“Can we see how many people in TN support you or BJP when you stand alone. Talking or projecting like an analyst does not help anyone,” Ramachandran tweeted.
Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar took umbrage at the term ‘impotent’ used by Gurumurthy to describe the action taken by the ruling AIADMK against supporters of sidelined leader Dinakaran, after his shock victory in the RK Nagar bypoll.
Interacting with reporters, Jayakumar said Gurumurthy should control his tongue and only impotent persons will talk about impotency. He said legal action against magazine editor and chartered accountant Gurumurthy would be taken, if necessary, for his defamatory views.
Gurumurthy, through a series of Tweets in Tamil, stated that his original Tweet was in English and he had used the term, “impotent,” in a political context.
He argued that the word was even permitted in the Australian parliament and he provided a link to the online version of the transcript of a debate that took place in the House of Representatives in August 2009.