Take back "fatwa" on Karunanidhi, says DMK leader
The Senior DMK leader says he would hold a black flag demonstration in front of BJP offices in Tamil Nadu.india Updated: Sep 23, 2007 16:10 IST
Taking strong exception to a reported "fatwa" by a former MP Ram Vilas Vedanti for beheading DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi for his anti-Ram remarks, a Senior DMK leader Arcot N Veerasamy on Saturday said he would hold a black flag demonstration in front of BJP offices in Tamil Nadu if Vedanti did not withdraw his remarks.
"If anybody says that a minister should not indulge in such activities, I will quit as a minister as post is not important to us," Veerasamy, who is also the electricity minister said in a statement.
He claimed that Vedanti had said the Swamjis at Ayodhya would give gold to the weight of the man, who beheaded Karunanidhi.
"The blood of self respect movement is running in our body. We will make them understand that we will not tolerate any offensive remarks about our leader," he said.
India was a secular state and Tamil Nadu was prepared to answer the remarks of those, who were running a political party using a religion, he said.
"If a person, who was a MP belonging to a party, which was exploiting the name of Ram to incite communal feelings, does not withdraw his remarks immediately, I, along with DMK volunteers will picket the BJP offices in the state. If being a minister comes in the way, I will quit," he said.
He asked the party volunteers to give a fitting answer to those, who had fixed a price for their leader's life.
Senior VHP leader and former BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti had in Ayodhya on Friday taken strong exception to Karunanidhi's utterances against Lord Ram and said no one has the right to question the existence of Ram.
First Published: Sep 22, 2007 19:55 IST