Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president MK Stalin was detained by the police in Chennai on Saturday as he led a group of supporters to protest against Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
The 65-year-old son of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi was detained along with around 400 of his supporters on their way to Raj Bhawan to protest against the Governor’s alleged interference in state affairs and the detainment of other party workers a day before.
Around 200 DMK workers were held in Trichy for a black-flag demonstration during Governor Purohit’s visit to the city. Stalin had on Friday objected to the detainment of his party’s workers.
Speaking to reporters before getting detained, Stalin said that the protest is against the Governor’s “interference in federal structure”.
“We are organising the protest not just for the release of our partymen, but protesting the Governor’s interference with the administration. He should resign from his post,” Stalin was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
In a tweet posted later in the day, Stalin urged DMK cadres to never give up their protest against the Governor’s interference.
மாநில சுயாட்சிக்கு எதிராய் எத்தனை அடக்குமுறைகள் ஏவப்பட்டாலும் ஆளுநரின் அத்துமீறல்களை தொடர்ந்து கண்டிக்கும் தி.மு.கழகம், தனது அடிப்படை கொள்கையான மாநில சுயாட்சியை அடையும் வரை எவ்வித போராட்டத்திற்கும், தியாகத்திற்கும் தயாராக இருக்கும். இதனை ஒருபோதும் விட்டுக் கொடுக்க முடியாது! pic.twitter.com/jFya15crEU
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) June 23, 2018
The DMK leader has been demanding Purohit’s resignation for the last three months. In April, Stalin had said that the Governor acts in a manner which gives the impression that Tamil Nadu is under President’s Rule.