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Raja should apologise for his Periyar statue remark: AIADMK

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Nadu Chief Minister K and his deputy O today hit out at H for his comment against 'Periyar' statues which triggered a row in Nadu.

Panneerselvam, who is also the AIADMK coordinator, described Raja's claim that his comment on a were uploaded by his as "ridiculous and unacceptable."

Hailing the as a great revolutionary, the said should seek a "public apology."

Expressing regret on March 6, had said the comment in his page, indicating that Periyar's statues will meet the fate of Communist icon Lenin's statue in Tripura, was posted by his and it was deleted.

To a question on action against Raja, said action will be considered after looking into the genuineness of the BJP leader's statement that the post was uploaded by his

Condemning Raja's comment, Palaniswami, the AIADMK co-coordinator, said "Periyar is Nadu's treasure."

Later, in a party release the duo said since Raja's remark was tantamout to slighting the rationalist leader, entire was on the boil.

Thoughts of those who try to create confusion and benefit from it will not succeed, they said.

"The hearts of Tamil Nadu people are wounded and the hearts of people adoring Periyar are broken," (by Raja's comment), the party said.

and have spoken against disrespecting statues of leaders, they said.

"Tamil Nadu people and the AIADMK are not prepared to accept any insult to Periyar. We are followers of Periyar," they said.

Stating that some were looking at Periyar as only an atheist, the AIADMK leaders said Tamil society did not do so as the late leader slogged for a societal renaissance, and for the uplift of the oppressed people.

That Tamil Nadu continued to be a haven of peace even when some states witnessed communal strife was due to the leader's reformist, egalitarian ideology, they said.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 22:00 IST