War of words between Annamalai, Minister on Vinayaka Chathurthi

Chennai: Tamilnadu BJP president K Annamalai has questioned why the State government had imposed a complete ban on Vinayaka Chathurthi celebrations when Maharastra, Karnataka and Puducherry had allowed the festivities without any restrictions.

He charged the DMK government with trying to win over votes and support of the people of other religions in the State by not respecting the first God of Hindus and continuously insulting Vinayaka devotees.

He also urged the government to rename Bharat Mata Memorial at Papparapatti in Dharmapuri district as Bharat Mata temple.

“The BJP will hold peaceful protests if the government fails to rename it within a week. It is a historical blunder to name a temple as memorial, which is the dream project of freedom fighter Subramania Siva,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tamilnadu Minister urged Annamalai to not do politics in the name of God. “I am asking you not to put God in the forefront and make it political, unnecessarily create law and order issues and cause split among people who are living unitedly,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Tamilnadu government on Monday said that small temples can be open on the day of Chathurthi.


NT Bureau