Tamil orator Nellai Kannan's 'provocative' speech against PM Modi, Amit Shah sparks row; BJP demands strict action
During a meeting held by the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, Tamil orator Nellai Kannan made a provocative speech against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah. BJP has filed a police complaint seeking action.
Chennai: Tamil orator Nellai Kannan has courted controversy after making "provocative" remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah at an anti-CAA protest meeting held by the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI).
The Tamil Nadu BJP unit has filed a police complaint seeking action against Nellai Kannan, as a video of his purported speech at the meet in Tirunelveli on Saturday (December 28) went viral on social media.
Party general secretary KS Narendran separately petitioned the state director general of police seeking stringent action against the orator, alleging his remarks went against national integrity and would lead to a communal clash.
Kannan is a Tamil litterateur and has taken part in several television shows based on literature and oratory.
In his police complaint, BJP state unit spokesperson Narayanan Thirupathi alleged Kannan called out the names of Prime Minister and home minister at the meeting.
The complaint alleged that Kannan, in his remarks at the meeting, slammed PM Modi and Amit Shah for bringing the Citizenship Amendment Act and the NRC.
The writer told the gathering that he was "shocked as to why Muslims have not yet killed the Prime Minister and home minister," the complaint alleged.
Maintaining that such remarks were an "open threat to the lives" of the Prime Minister and the home minister, an attempt to incite violence, criminal intimidation, and abetment to murder also, it said all these were punishable under the Indian Penal Code and sought action against Kannan.
"His entire speech is nothing but one to incite hatred and enmity between Hindus and Muslims, and the speech is one which is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony. He abuses many castes in his speech and calls people belonging to a particular community as dogs," the complaint said.
In his more than half-an-hour address, the orator resorted to uncivil and abusive language, the BJP alleged.
"He openly and derogatorily abused various political leaders of the country which does not amount to a decent criticism," it said adding the speech was against "public tranquillity".
"I request the authorities to arrest the Nellai Kannan and prosecute him kindly," the complaint said.