Chennai, August 11(BPNS)
The DMK government led by Stalin seems to be on a collision path with the opposition AIADMK with the police booking 10 AIADMK legislators and 3 ex-MLA’s over assembling in front of the residence of former minister and party leader S.P.Velumani’s residence at Coimbatore. The legislators and party leaders had assembled before the residence of the former minister during a Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-corruption (DAVC) raid being conducted at his residence and other premises on Tuesday.
They were booked by the Kuniyamuthur police in three separate cases on various charges including assembly unlawfully and violating Covid -19 safety norms. The leaders were booked under Section 143( punishment for unlawful assembly), 269( negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and 341( punishment for wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code(IPC).
In the case related to removing the barricade put up by the police, 10 AIADMK workers were charged under Section 143, 269, and 353( assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging his duty) of the IPC.
A third case was registered against two persons who staged a road blockade at the Sugunapuram junction in Coimbatore- Palakkad highway.
Several AIADMK leaders have come out in support of the former minister and party leader S.P.Velumani over the DVAC raids. Former Chief Minister’s and party coordinator and co-coordinator, O . Panneerselvam and Edappadi K. Palaniswami respectively had condemned the police raids on the residence and other premises of S.P.Velumani.
Former Minister and senior leader of the AIADMK, D Jayakumar came out strongly against the raids and said that the DMK government under Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin was in for a political vendetta against AIADMK leaders. He said that the two back to back raids on AIADMK leaders and former Ministers, M.R.Vijayabaskar and S.P. Velumani is a clear indication of the vendetta politics practiced by the DMK.
While speaking to BPNS, the senior leader said, “DMK is playing politics of vendetta and is trying to tarnish the image of the AIADMK. We will prove the charges wrong in the court of law.”
AIADMK leader and former Deputy Speaker, Pollachi Jayaraman said that the DMK government was trying to demoralize the AIADMK cadres ahead of the local body polls. He however said that such actions would not weaken the party but the AIADMK would garner strength in Coimbatore and Western Tamil Nadu by these actions.
Senior DMK leader and state PWD minister E.V. Velu said that there is no politics of vendetta and that the law was taking its own course.