AIADMK seeks apology, TNCC chief says he was mistaken
Chennai: AIADMK on Wednesday sought an apology from Tamil Nadu Congress president EVKS Elangovan for his alleged remarks on the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa as protests by the ruling party men and BJP continued in the state. However, the TNCC chief claimed he was misunderstood.
"Don't delay even for a second, seek apology," AIADMK mouthpiece 'Dr Namadhu MGR' said today and slammed Elangovan for using 'unacceptable' words in association with DMK chief Karunanidhi against the August 7 meeting.
Angry protests, including burning Elangovan's effigies meanwhile continued across the state, seeking his immediate arrest. The agitations led to traffic pile-up in some areas.
Two AIADMK men climbed a 200-feet mobile phone tower at Nandambakkam here, leading to tense moments. However, they were brought down by police and rescue personnel and taken to a hospital as one of them fainted. BJP Tamil Nadu unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan led a demonstration here and similar protests were held in several places in the State.
"Elangovan has used uncivilised words, he must take it back, Madam Gandhi must take action against him," she said, adding appropriate legal action would be taken against him.
Tirunelveli AIADMK Mayor Bhuvaneswari climbed the hand rails of Tamirabharani River bridge with her party workers. Also partymen attempted to block the Congress office and raised slogans.
Similar protests were held at Coimbatore, Udangudi (Tuticorin), Tiruchirappalli, Manapparai and Vedaranyam. AIADMK women wing functionaries carrying broomsticks hit the images of Elangovan on paper-boards and then set them ablaze.
In Erode, AIADMK party workers tried to march towards Elangovan's residence, but were stopped by the police. Elangovan, meanwhile, today said he was misunderstood.
"What can I do? They have misunderstood what I have said, my intention is not to humiliate them," he told reporters here as a verbal duel unfolded after a reporter posed a question.
Elangovan had made the controversial remarks here on August 14 while participating in a protest organised by his party, seeking a liquor ban in Tamil Nadu.