Responding to the tweet of the state BJP unit which posted a photograph of a saffron cloaked Thiruvalluvar sporting vibuthi and rudhraskh (Shaivite insignia), Stalin said the BJP’s attempt to invoke the poet, who preached equality, in defense of its communal agenda was a betrayal meted out to the Tamil.
“No matter whatever colour you attribute to him, your varnasharam hues will be exposed. Stop colouring (communalising), read Thirukkural and reform,” remarked Stalin, joining the issue with the rest of netizens who kept #BJPInsultsThiruvalluvar trending. Incidentally, the state BJP was not enthused by the DMK president’s words of wisdom. The official twitter handle of Tamil Nadu unit of BJP responded to Stalin by posting a sarcastic tweet.
The state BJP has offered to remove the tweet if Stalin manages to ‘pronounce’ a simple couplet (Thirukkural) preaching the virtues of modesty and choice of vocabulary with its summary without mistake. State treasurer of BJP SR Sekhar said the original colour of
Thiruvalluvar was saffron and the credit of turning it to white
would go to former DMK president M Karunanidhi.
Condemning the saffron party’s communal portrayal of Thiruvalluvar, state secretary of Tamil Nadu unit of CPM K Balakrishnan said the RSS, which never accepted reorganisation of states on linguistic lines and state autonomy has attempted to claim propriety for the reorganisation and insulted Thiruvalluvar in the process. Remarking that Thiruvalluvar was celebrated by all cutting across religion, caste, language and national boundaries without giving any attribution to him, Balakrishnan said the BJP has attempted to appropriate icons like Thiruvalluvar and advance its communal agenda for want of an illustrious history of its own.
Asserting that Tamil people would not tolerate such insult being meted out to Thiruvalluvar, the CPM state secretary has cautioned the BJP not to indulge in such cheap tactics and demanded stringent action against those involved in insulting the iconic poet.