Tamil Nadu Police have arrested the BJP leader of Coimbatore for allegedly threatening DMK MP A Raja after the latter's controversial remarks against the Sanatan Dharma wrathed the BJP leaders and Hindutva outfits. Raja's speech has sparked a fresh tussle between the DMK and BJP and days after Coimbatore BJP chief Balaji Uthamaramasamy made derogatory remarks against Raja, he has been arrested on Wednesday.
In a speech last week, Balaji Uthamaramasamy threatened DMK's A Raja for his comments on Sanatan Dharma and dared him to enter Coimbatore. The BJP leader said, "If you dare, step into Coimbatore without police protection. I challenge DMK to bring A Raja anywhere. What do you know about Sanatana, senseless dogs." As his speech went viral, a complaint was lodged against him.
The complaint was filed by Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam at Peelamedu police station and it was alleged that the BJP leader spoke derogatorily against DMK's A Raja, Chief Minister MK Stalin, and Thanthai Periyar, the father of the Dravidian movement. Based on the complaint, the Peelamedu police called Balaji Uthamaramasamy to the police station for questioning and after the inquiry, the cops arrested him.
The BJP leader was then taken for a medical checkup following which he was produced before district judge Justice Senthilrajan. The judge directed the police to remand Balaji Uthamaramasamy under judicial custody for fifteen days. The BJP leader was lodged in the prison. After the news of his arrest caught attention, several BJP leaders gathered before the police station and protested against the arrest.
The BJP staged several such protests across the state to condemn the arrest and against DMK Raja's remarks about what the saffron party claims have gone against Hinduism. Amid escalating tensions, Tamil Nadu BJP President Annamalai on Wednesday said that his party won't conduct protests against Raja but would organize a signature campaign across the state to seek signatures from the people that they don't want an MP like A Raja.