Chennai, Sep 22 (UNI) The opposition AIADMK would organise a massive protest demonstration in Tamil Nadu and seven other states and Union Territories in the country, demanding the resignation of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for his controversial remarks against Lord Ram and Ramayana on September 20.
Accusing the Chief Minister of committing offence under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), by making disparaging remarks against Lord Ram, while defending the implementation of Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project (SSCP), Ms Jayalalithaa said if he failed to step down, the Centre should sack his government.
She said the protest demonstration would be held in all district headquarters in the state and also in the state headquarters of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, New Delhi, Puducherry and Andaman, where the party had organisational set ups.
Ms Jayalalithaa herself would lead the agitation at Udhagamandalam, who is now camping in Kodanadu in Nilgiris district.
Her senior party colleagues would lead the agitations in other district headquarters in the state.
The lady said Chief Minister of a state, could be an atheist or theist and personally he might have beliefs in particular religion or might claim there were no religions. But, while holding the office, he should treat all people equally and preserve law and order.
However, Mr Karunanidhi had hurt the feelings of Hindus by making controversial remarks against Lord Ram, thus committing offences under 295-A and 298 of IPC, which stipulated three years and one year imprisonment, respectively.
Stating that SSCP issue was moving in a wrong direction, the AIADMK leader said while there was a nationwide demand that the project be implemented on alternate alignment, without causing damage to Ram Sethu, Mr Karunanidhi and Union Shipping Minister T R Baalu asserted that it was not a man made bridge and Lord Ram was an imaginery character.
Ms Jayalalithaa added even if Mr Karunanidhi did not accept the existence of Ram Sethu, but it is a cultural heritage which remained for 17.5 lakh years.
Whether it was built by Lord Ram or it was a natural formation, is it not our duty to protect the ancient heritage, she asked.