Chennai: The members of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) literary wing staged a protest on Wednesday (November 6) against the desecration of a statue of Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar in Thanjavur on November 4.

The statue of Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar at Pillayarpatti was vandalised by unidentified miscreants on Monday, after which the Pillayarpatti Police ordered an investigation in the matter.

Also, a controversy broke out between political parties in Tamil Nadu, when the state BJP posted a tweet which contained a picture of Thiruvalluvar wearing saffron cloth while holding a "rudraksha" string in his hand and white holy ash spread on his forehead.

The police have registered a case and are on the lookout for the culprit(s). They are probing whether this was a reaction to the depiction of Thiruvalluvar in a saffron robe on the Twitter page of Tamil Nadu BJP.

The opposition parties condemned the tweet, calling it an attempt to allegedly "saffronise" Thiruvalluvar.