OPS’ son becomes MP on Tamil Nadu temple plaque, erased after uproar
The Kasi Annapoorani temple, where the incident took place is in Kuchanur in the foothills of the western Ghats and is a favorite shrine for the deputy CM’s family, which is one of its benefactors.Updated: May 17, 2019 21:25 IST
A plaque in a temple that lists AIADMK Lok Sabha candidate OP Ravindranath — Tamil Nadu Deputy CM O Panneerselvam’s son — as member of parliament even before the election results are out has been altered by removing the ‘MP’ tag, following furore on the social media.
The Kasi Annapoorani temple, where the incident took place is in Kuchanur in the foothills of the western Ghats and is a favorite shrine for the deputy CM’s family, which is one of its benefactors. Besides OPS, the names of his two sons Ravindranath and Jaya Pradeepkumar are inscribed among those who have donated liberally to the temple.
Ravindranath is the AIADMK candidate from the Theni parliamentary constituency and is pitted against Congress veteran and former Union Minister, EVKS Elangovan and local heavyweight, Thanga Thamilselvan of TTV Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK).
Already the opposition has approached the Election Commission alleging electoral malpractices, including large scale bribing of voters, by the AIADMK. Further, the transfer of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) from elsewhere to Theni for repolling in certain booths, has been criticised, with the temple plaque incident only adding fuel to the opposition’s indignation.
When the picture of the plaque went viral on social media platforms, the temple administration swiftly took corrective action. But sources close to OPS in Theni say that the plaque was prepared by the authorities at the shrine and that the deputy CM and his family had nothing to do with the gaffe.
First Published: May 17, 2019 21:25 IST