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Tamil Nadu: DMK suspends office-bearer for derogatory remarks against Governor Ravi

Sivaji Krishnamurthy made comments against Guv for skipping portions of speech

TN Chief Minister Stalin Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin

The ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu on Saturday suspended an office-bearer, Sivaji Krishnamurthy, from all his posts and the primary party membership for using abusive and derogatory language against Governor R.N. Ravi.

A DMK release by party general secretary and senior Minister Durai Murugan (Water Resources Department) said party orator Sivaji Krishnamurthy is suspended for violating party discipline and bringing disrepute to the party.

The ruling party, however, did not make any reference to his abusive comments against the Governor.

Sivaji Krishnamurthy, who made critical remarks against Ravi in connection with him skipping portions of the government-prepared address to the state assembly, belongs to party's Chennai North unit.

Addressing party functionaries, Krishnamurthy made derogatory comments against the governor. "In Tamil Nadu, if this man refuses to utter the name of Ambedkar, my forefather who gave the constitution to India, do I have the right to hit him with a slipper or not? Didn't you take an oath in the name of the constitution? Wasn't it Ambedkar, my grandfather, who wrote it? If you won't say his name, you go to Kashmir. We ourselves will send an extremist. Let him gun him down," NDTV reported quoting Shivaji Krishnamoorthy.

Ravi avoided some paragraphs of the address on January 9 and made some points on his own. He walked out of the House later and there appears to be no signs of the confrontation between Raj Bhavan and the DMK regime fading soon.

Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan and the state unit of BJP have approached police with separate complaints, seeking action against the DMK functionary for his 'abusive and intimidatory' speech, targeting Ravi. 

The Tamil Nadu BJP President K.Annamalai petitioned with Tamil Nadu Police Chief on Saturday demanding stern action against Krishnamoorthy.

(With PTI inputs.)

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