Tamil Nadu minister PK Shekhar Babu, while targeting the north Indians living in the state, said on Wednesday (May 26) that he has not voted for the DMK during the last few years, including the 2021 Tamil Nadu assembly elections. Babu said that though the elected representatives of the party have worked for him and will continue to do so as they consider him “one of us”. Babu’s remarks have drawn severe criticism from the BJP and some social media users.
Babu, a minister in the Hindu Religious and Charitable Assistance Department, said that although he has been asked why he works for him because he did not vote for the DMK, his answer remains that he too is the son of the same soil and the same party. There is also a stance.
He said that the DMK’s work for the north Indian people is based on the principle that an elected representative, an MLA or a chief minister is the same for all people, irrespective of whether someone has voted in favor of the party that won the election or not.
Many areas of North Chennai, especially those under the Harbor Assembly constituency, have a large number of people who are originally from Rajasthan, while some are native to Gujarat. DMK District Secretary (Chennai-East) has been elected from Babu Harbor seat.
He said that the elected representatives of the party, himself and Dayanidhi Maran, Member of Lok Sabha (Central Chennai), have fully worked to protect the interests of the residents who are native to North India. The minister’s remarks drew severe criticism from a section of social media users.
Vanti Srinivasan, National President of BJP Mahila Morcha and MLA from Coimbatore-South, tweeted, “The hatred against North Indians by Minister Shekhar Babu has been condemned and disturbed.”
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