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Tamil Nadu BJP posts offensive tweet on Periyar, later deletes it

Tamil Nadu BJP unit on December 24 deleted an ‘offensive’ tweet on EV Ramasamy Periyar after facing a backlash

Tamil Nadu BJP posts offensive tweet on Periyar, later deletes it
Bengaluru, First Published Dec 25, 2019, 11:40 AM IST
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Chennai: Tamil Nadu's BJP posted a controversial tweet against late EVR Periyar on his 47th death anniversary on December 24.  DMK president MK Stalin and MDMK founder Vaiko lashed out at the saffron party for the seemingly offensive tweet, which was later pulled down from the state BJP's official Twitter handle.

“Today is the death anniversary of Maniammai’s father Periyar. Let us support the death penalty for people who sexually assault children and take the pledge that we will create a society without any Pocso accused,” the BJP had tweeted.

Regarding this tweet, Stalin, leader of the opposition in the Assembly in Tamil Nadu, said BJP must have pondered over whether to put out such a tweet, only to remove it later.

When most parties were paying tributes to the leader on his 46th death anniversary, the BJP's post evoked sharp response even from one of its allies, PMK. Party founder S Ramadoss tweeted saying that the post by “the BJP’s IT wing is disgusting”.

State president, IT and social media wing CTR Nirmal Kumar and ANS Prasad, convenor, media cell of BJP, said, “Since leaders of our alliance parties requested us to remove the tweet, it was deleted.” 

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