Days after its defiant “vetrivel yatra” in Tamil Nadu, the BJP has given the state’s ruling AIADMK, its ally, extra purpose for angst. The celebration is reportedly upset in regards to the BJP utilizing its iconic founder MG Ramachandran alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a marketing campaign video.
MG Ramachandran, aka “MGR”, co-stars with PM Modi within the BJP’s marketing campaign video for the Vetrivel yatra, which grew to become a flashpoint earlier this week.
Despite the AIADMK authorities banning the yatra over Covid worries, the BJP took out a truncated model of it anyway, even courting arrest. The BJP mentioned its rally – an annual train — was in opposition to what it known as the anti-Hindu agenda of some events.
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“As far as Vel yatra is concerned, we are not even slightly afraid of the centre. Our ideologies are different…We want Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and all. We want communal harmony,” mentioned C Ponnaiyan, a senior AIADMK chief.
The state authorities has now additionally cancelled its earlier permission to gatherings of as much as 100, prompting an indignant response from the BJP.
“Hundreds of AIADMK workers were with Chief Minister E Palaniswami at Vellore today as he travelled to Tirupati. Did the police take action? You should first file a case against the Chief Minister. Did you file a case,” demanded KT Raghavan, BJP state normal secretary.
The AIADMK is taken into account by the BJP as a pleasant celebration and it has helped the federal government push laws by the Rajya Sabha in parliament, the place the opposition has an higher hand.
But the celebration is much from flattered by what it calls the BJP’s appropriation of its icon, maybe within the hope that the goodwill and recognition loved by the film star-turned-politician will rub off.
Tamil Nadu will vote for a brand new authorities in lower than six months. This would be the first state election after the demise of the tallest leaders of the 2 important rival events – J Jayalalithaa of the AIADMK and M Karunanidhi of the DMK – and the BJP senses a possibility to attempt to create its house in a significant state within the southern a part of the nation, the place the ruling celebration largely stays a minor participant besides in Karnataka.
MGR, who based the AIADMK in 1972, is among the many celebration’s most revered figures. Jayalalitha, one other towering persona who dominated the celebration and the state authorities for a few years, was his co-star in movies and protege in politics.
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