DMK President Stalin urges TN govt to stop Ram Rajya Rath Yatra

Elias Hubbard
March 20, 2018

The DMK legislators continued to raise slogans against the government even after Palaniswami's reply. They later staged a road roko and courted arrest.

In a bid to alleviate the uproar in Tamil Nadu due to the ongoing Ram Rajya Rath Yatra, south Indian superstar Rajinikanth on Tuesday stressed that the Rath Yatra should not affect the communal harmony in the state.

Speaking on the controversy of Rama Rajya Rath Yatra, he said, "Tamil Nadu is a secular state". "This is AIADMK government or BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) government", he asked.

Stalin, in a statement on Monday, said chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, who had vowed to contain religious extremism at a recent district collectors' conference, had allowed the rath yatra.

"The Rath Yatra will pass through Tirunelveli, Madurai, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi and Kanniyakumari and will return in the same route", he said.

As his efforts to rein in the DMK members failed, Speaker P. Dhanapal ordered their expulsion from the House. Similarly many political leaders including VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi's M H Jawahirullah were arrested for staging demonstration against the Yatra.

Chennai: The 41-day Ramarajya Rathayatra covering about 6,000 km is the first of its kind "rath yatra" since the 1990 yatra of BJP leader L. K. Advani demanding construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya.

Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam reminded the Congress members, who had joined DMK in protest, that Congress-ruling Karnataka and Communist-ruling Kerala too had also granted permission to the yatra.

The situation was being monitored closely, the police said.

Stalin had earlier stated that the rath yatra would amount to contempt of court as the Ram temple issue was pending before the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam working president MK Stalin condemned the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham government for allowing the controversial event.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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