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Pollachi issue turns into political slugfest

COIMBATORE: The Pollachi sexual attack case is fast changing into a full-blown political battle between the DMK and AIADMK because the arch-rivals escalated their confrontation to a legal battle.

DMK president M Okay Stalin came down onerous on the ruling dispensation on Friday for filing a case in opposition to his son-in-law V Sabareesan for social media posts linking ruling birthday party leaders within the case. Charging that the case was a diversionary tactic through AIADMK, Stalin said he was also on the brink of approach the court docket in opposition to ruling birthday party leaders for alleging that he was instigating the protests. Sabareesan, for his phase, has issued a legal realize to AIADMK leader and deputy assembly speaker Pollachi V Jayaraman.

"Scores of students, women and the public are staging protests. So, the AIADMK wants to divert the attention from the issue, and have booked Sabareesan,'' Stalin said. He added that there are high chances that the issue would reflect in the coming elections. "That's for the reason that ruling birthday party itself is backing the accused,'' he alleged. Stalin said the AIADMK was alleging that the protests have been instigated through him. "I've initiated legal motion. I would approach the court docket for spreading such false data,'' he said.

Ever since information about the sexual attack came to mild, the DMK has been accusing the ruling birthday party of shielding the accused, while the AIADMK blamed its arch-rival of politicizing the problem for electoral positive aspects. The issue took political overtones after data began spreading on social media that Okay Thirunavukkarasu, some of the accused, was a pal of Pollachi Jayaraman's son. Jayaraman denied it straight away and said some of the accused was in reality a pal of a DMK leader's son. AIADMK expelled considered one of its functionaries, 'Bar' Nagaraj, after he grew to become out to be a pal of the accused. Chief minister Edappadi Okay Palaniswami has maintained a stoic silence in the problem.

Even because the slugfest between the arch-rivals intensified, several other events too joined the protest bandwagon challenging stern motion in opposition to the accused.

While DMK organized mass protests in Pollachi and Kanimozhi came down from Chennai to guide the protest, MDMK, VCK, Congress, left events, Makkal Needhi Maiam and Naam Thamilar Katchi also organized protests.

But AIADMK and its allies have chosen to not arrange protests. AIADMK maintained that it's been doing the whole lot as a ruling birthday party to probe the problem - from arresting the accused, booking them beneath the Goondas Act and moving the probe to CB-CID.

While the BJP submitted a petition to govt officials searching for a thorough probe, PMK, through statements and tweets, condemned the sexual attack and demanded stern motion. But there are enough signs that DMK and its allies would intensify the protests within the coming days.

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