Slipper hurled at TN minister: BJP leader says 'quitting', party says 'expelled'

Updated on Aug 14, 2022 12:56 PM IST

On Saturday, five people were reportedly held for hurling slipper at Tamil Nadu finance minister's car at Madurai airport.

BJP Madurai chief quits after slipper hurled at TN minister(ANI)
BJP Madurai chief quits after slipper hurled at TN minister(ANI)
Written by Manjiri Sachin Chitre | Edited by Swati Bhasin

Hours after Bharatiya Janata Party Madurai district chief P Saravanan late on Saturday night said he was quitting the BJP as some party workers were accused of hurling a slipper at Tamil Nadu finance minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan's car at Madurai airport, state BJP president said that Saravanan has been expelled from the party.

In a statement released by the state party president K. Annamalai, shared by news agency ANI, it has been mentioned that Saravanan was expelled from the party for “violating party discipline and bringing disrepute to the party name”.

Earlier, before announcing his resignation, Saravanan had met the state finance minister at his residence and apologised for the incident.

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Following the meeting, the BJP leader said that the incident has “affected him deeply”. “I took some of the sharp words of the minister as a personal attack. I quit Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) a year ago and joined BJP but now I don't like BJP,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

“The attack on the minister's car made me feel uneasy. I met the finance minister and apologised for the incident. I will not continue with the BJP. The hatred and religious politics don't suit me. I am going to send my resignation letter to BJP in the morning,” he further added.

However, Saravanan has “not yet decided” on going back the DMK.

On Saturday, five people were reported to have been held for hurling slipper at Tamil Nadu finance minister's car at Madurai airport. The slipper was said to be hurled at the minister's official vehicle when he was returning after paying homage to Indian Army rifleman D Lakshmanan - one of the four soldiers killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on Thursday.

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According to the police, there was a heated exchange between the finance minister and BJP cadres who were present at the venue for paying tributes to the army personnel after Rajan asked why BJP workers had come to attend a state government event, reported news agency PTI.

(With inputs from ANI, PTI)

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