AIADMK fires Hari Prabhakaran over tweet calling journalists “Street Dogs”

Hari Prabhakaran, a leader of Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK was sacked from all party posts today after he abused journalists, who were barred from Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam’s meeting with those injured in the Tuticorin violence.

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According to reports, the AIADMK released a statement saying the disciplinary action taken towards Prabhakaran is for acting against the interest of the party and bringing a bad name to it.

However, he later deleted the tweet and tendered an apology. By then it was too late as the party had taken swift action, dropping him from all posts.

Six days after the violence and police firing in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin — in which 13 protesters demanding the closure of the Sterlite copper smelting plant died – Mr Panneerselvam had visited the injured people. The media, however, was not allowed in. A decision taken after the ruling party faced public embarrassment when a survivor’s mother had taken to task a visiting minister.

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