first_imgTN CM blames outfits for wantonly instigating protestsChennai, Jun 26 (PTI) Tamil Nadu Chief MinisterK Palaniswami today blamed some outfits for deliberatelyinstigating agitations and warned that tough action would betaken if the law and order situation was disrupted.”Some problems are occurring as a few outfits arewantonly instigating protests with an intention to gain a namefor themselves,” he told the Assembly.Palaniswami’s assertion came following Leader ofOpposition M K Stalin’s reference to Union Minister forFinance and Shipping, Pon Radhakrishnan’s allegation overpresence of extremists in Tamil Nadu and seeking thegovernment’s response over it.On June 22, Radhakrishnan had stuck to his charge thatthere are terrorists in Tamil Nadu, and said the Centre wasready to extend help if the state sought its support to reinin such elements.The chief minister said when compared to other states,crimes were less in Tamil Nadu and law and order was beingmaintained well.He warned that tough action would be taken if protestswere held inconveniencing the general public and if law andorder situation was disrupted.”If anyone attempted to act in a way disrupting thelaw and order situation, the government will take toughaction, the government will not hesitate,” he said.Stalin listed several protests on issues includingKathiramangalam and Neduvasal (against ONGC over alleged bidto explore methane and in connection with some existing oilwells vis-a-vis leakage) and the proposed Chennai-Salem eightlane expressway, adding, these were not a good sign.advertisementAlleging that Tamil Nadu was on the “boiling stage,”over agitations on such issues, the Leader of Opposition alsoreferred to arrest of some people in connection with theprotests over the proposed eight lane expressway.Intervening, Palaniswami referred to last month’santi-Sterlite stir and wondered what was the need for it whenthe government had acted ahead.Such action against the plant was taken through stepsincluding not renewing pollution control board’s consent tooperate, he said. However, the protests took place.”Fearing that the government will get a good name, Ifeel that some party leaders were deliberately doing it(instigating agitations),” he said.Such things were aimed at gaining political mileage,the chief minister said.When Stalin reiterated his party demand for a Cabinetresolution against the Sterlite unit, the chief minister saidthere was no need for it. The closure of the copper plant was valid and compliedwith legalities, he added.The chief minister, speaking on arrest vis-a-visprotest, referred to an actor’s remarks against the proposedexpressway and wondered if it did not amount to instigation ofviolence.”No farmer or landowners were arrested,” he said. Actor Mansoor Ali Khan was arrested by Salem policedays ago following his remarks that he would hack eightpersons to death if the eight-lane highway project was takenup.Tamil Nadu last month witnessed anti-Sterlite protestsand in the violence and police firing 13 people died.In recent years, the state has also been witnessingprotests over other issues including last year’s stirseeking approval for the bull taming sport of Jallikattu. PTIVGNBN BN BNlast_img read more

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