Tamil Nadu: BJP member expelled for vandalising Periyar statue
BJP Tamil Nadu President Tamilisai Soundararajan expelled, R Muthuraman, a party functionary who was arrested for damaging Periyar statue in Thirupathur in Vellore district.
Muthuraman was expelled from the party following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's strong disapproval incidents of vandalism reported from certain parts of the country.
A statue of social activist and politician EV Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, was on Tuesday evening vandalised in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. According to reports, two men, who were allegedly drunk, damaged the glasses and the nose of the statue. Both men were arrested.
DMK working president MK Stalin had demanded the arrest of H Raja following his controversial post. BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan had distanced the party from Raja's controversial remarks. Raja had reportedly said someone else had inadvertently posted it on his page.
Erode Venkata Ramasamy, commonly known as Periyar, was a social activist, and politician who started the Self-Respect Movement and Dravidar Kazhagam. He propagated the principles of rationalism, self-respect, women's rights and eradication of caste. He opposed the exploitation and marginalisation of the non-Brahmin Dravidian people.