Stir against Tamil Nadu governor spreads, BJP springs to his defence. India news

CHENNAI: A day after the government-governor face off reached a flash point, opposition to Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi spilled on to the streets on Tuesday.
DMK cadres, allies, members of Tamil outfits and college students held protests at several places across the state. Effigies of the governor were set on fire in a few places. The Raj Bhavan-Fort St George hostility sparked a poster war, with walls being plastered with posters for and against Ravi, even as BJP jumped to the defense of the governor.
Chief minister MK Stalin, meanwhile, instructed DMK partymen and women to refrain from attacking the governor. At a meeting of party MLAs in Chennai, Stalin asked them not to expend their energy on “negative politics”. “Remove posters attacking the governor and focus on taking DMK’s development policies to the people,” he told MLAs.
The tone for the day was set in Coimbatore, one of the places where BJP has a strong presence, where members of Thanthai Periyar The Dravidar Kazhagam (TPDK) gathered in front of the statue of social reformer EVR Periyar at Gandhipuram and raised slogans against the governor. The members set ablaze photographs and an effigy of the governor. Even as police detained the protesting TPDK members, another group from the same outfit set fire to the governor’s effigy. They, too, were detained.
“We strongly condemn the governor for omitting the names of Ambedkar, Periyar (DK founder EV Ramasamy) and Anna (DMK founder and late chief minister CN Annadurai) in his speech in the state assembly. He has disrespected the assembly and national anthem by walking out before the anthem was played,” said TPDK organizing secretary V Aruchamy.
As political outfits agitated against the governor, students of various colleges from Chennai, Salem, Dharmapuri, Thiruvallur and Tiruvannamalai held slogan-shouting protests in front of their institutions. They claimed Ravi was acting like a BJP leader and demanded that the Center recall him. Advocates, too, joined the protests.
Agitations against the TN governor were held in the neighboring Union Territory of Puducherry too. There was a minor scuffle when police attempted to prevent the burning of an effigy of Ravi.
BJP jumped to the defense of the governor, plastering posters on street walls to counter those put up by DMK. The posters found on the walls of Pudukottai town hailed Ravi. In Coimbatore, BJP cadres who heard that TPDK members were protesting in Coimbatore started gathering at the party office at Sidhapurthur and attempted to proceed to Gandhipuram, in Coimbatore, to hold a counter-protest. But police intervened and rounded them up.
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