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PMK, Oppn parties in slugfest over Ponparappi incident
The PMK and opposition parties, including the DMK, CPI and CPM, are locked in war of words in Ponparappi incident as DMK president MK Stalin, and PMK president GK Mani on Tuesday, exchanged heated statements targeting each other for the communal violence that happened on the day of elections, on April 18.
Stalin, in his statement, said, “PMK founder Ramadoss, has created an imaginary statement of CPI state Secretary R Mutharasan and Bishop Ezra Sargunam and had given a counter statement which is in a way disturbing the peace in the society. It is highly condemnable.”
Ever since the violence occurred in Ponparappi village, in Ariyalur district, opposition parties together blamed PMK as reason for the violence. DMK, VCK, CPI, CPM and MDMK condemned PMK for instigating violence in Ponparappi.
The PMK too counter attacked the opposition parties by releasing various statements and blamed the VCK behind the fake propaganda. PMK said that fear of loss had gripped VCK leader, Thol Thirumavalavan and so he has decided to blamed PMK for his loss.
In the meantime, CPI staged a protest in Valluvarkottam recently. In the protest, Ezra Sargunam too participated and lashed out at the PMK for training the party youth to target VCK and Dalits in northern districts.
Mutharasan too targeted the PMK in the protest and asked Ramadoss to stop instigating communal clashes.
Ramadoss, while replying through a statement, for Mutharasan and Sargunam, had allegedly threatened them and said that he is not cared if Sargunam is supporting panther or tiger. The statement of Ramadoss created a controversy as his statement was strongly worded.
Mutharasan immediately responded to the statement of Ramadoss by stating that Ramadoss is indirectly threatening him. He also claimed that he received threat calls from unknown numbers after the statement of Ramadoss.
Stalin, in his statement, said, “Ramadoss is responsible for the threat calls that Mutharasan received and it is not good for a leader like him. It is not good for a society to create such a tense situation by attacking reputed leaders like Mutharasan and Sargunam.”
He also said that PMK is doing it out of fear of defeat. “PMK has realised that election alliance was not in their favour and results too will not be on their side. So, they are creating tension in the society,” said Stalin.
Mani, in a reply to Stalin’s statement, said that Stalin does not have any right to speak about violence in the society as DMK was responsible for instigating violence.
“DMK is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and they are the one who are protecting the instigators of Ponparappi violence but now they are involved in defaming PMK and Vanniyar community,” he added.
He also said that in the protest at Valluvarkottam, Sargunam had spoken ill of PMK protest for reservation by calling them tree cutters. “Is Stalin degrading the protests of PMK by supporting the statement of Sargunam,” questioned Mani.