AIADMK Asks EC To Debar DMK’s A Raja From Campaigning

Mr Raja had violated election code as well as Indian Penal Code by “repeatedly making vulgar and scandalous speeches” against the CM, the AIADMK alleged.

On Saturday, the AIADMK asked Commission to debar DMK MP and party general secretary A Raja from campaigning in Tamil Nadu assembly polls for “making vulgar and scandalous speeches” against Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami.

In a petition to the CEO, AIADMK advocate wing joint secretary C. Thirumaran said that Mr Raja had violated election code as well as Indian Penal Code by “repeatedly making vulgar and scandalous speeches” against the chief minister. Mr Thirumaran also referred to the DMK leader’s speech in the Thousand Lights constituency where he made certain remarks loaded with insinuation about Mr Palaniswami’s “birth”.

“He (MK Stalin) served one year in prison under MISA, was district secretary, then general committee member, youth wing, secretary, treasurer, then working president and after Kalaignar’s passing, became party president. That’s why one can say Stalin is born in the proper way, nine months after a proper marriage and rituals. Whereas Edappadi is born like a premature baby and came all of a sudden,” A Raja had said, comparing the rise of two politicians in his address.

Mr Raja, in another speech, had said that the chief minister was “worth less than [DMK chief MK] Stalin’s slipper”.

“Till the other day, Edappadi Palaniswami worked in ‘vellamandi‘ (jaggery market), how can he be competition to Stalin? The value of Stalin’s chappal is more than you by one rupee. And he dares Stalin to challenge him?” Mr Raja had said.

Reacting to these comments, the Chief Minister had suggested that since he was a poor farmer, he was being humiliated and said those who indulged in scams and corruption of ₹ 1.76 lakh crore were ridiculing him.

“See what is the language he has used. That my value is one rupee less than the chappal worn by Stalin. See how they talk. How can he compare a Chief Minister to a chappal? Let it be. I will stay who I am. After all, I am a farmer and us poor will be that way. We work hard and only buy whatever we can afford. But they are not like that. They were behind a ₹ 1.76 lakh crore corruption scam and can buy whatever they want,” Mr Palaniswami said in Madurai’s Melur, referring to the 2G spectrum scandal.

A Raja, a former union minister, was accused and later acquitted in the 2G spectrum case.


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