BJP files complaint against DMK mayor for giving ‘death threat' to its party cadres
The Bharatiya Janata Party has lodged an online complaint against Nagercoil mayor and DMK leader R Mahesh for allegedly giving 'death threats' to saffron party cadres. The complaint was filed by Nirmal Kumar, Tamil Nadu BJP president IT & Social Media.
DMK Mayor R Mahesh is under fire after the BJP accused him of giving death threats to the saffron party cadres. The allegations were based on a video which showed the DMK leader making a slicing gesture with his hand as he spoke about BJP workers at an event in Nagercoil, Kanyakumari.
"I want to tell the BJP cadre friends. In this place where I am the mayor of the corporation, also the district secretary of Nagarcoil, if at all there is any hindrance to party functions, then their head (makes gesture indicating slicing of neck)...," R Mahesh can be heard saying in the video while the audience cheered.
The remark drew sharp reactions from the BJP and the party has now filed a complaint in the matter.
Meanwhile, speaking to India Today, R Mahesh denied giving threats to BJP cadres. He claimed that the BJP had forcefully placed its party flag at the site where a DMK event was held. R Mahesh added, "During the meeting, I only said that we won't tolerate such activities of the BJP and we won't keep quiet. I had not made any threats."
When asked what his gesture showing slicing of neck followed by cheers by party cadres meant, R Mahesh said, "There were several senior leaders of the DMK there talking on stage and the cadres welcomed all the leaders' speeches. I have not used any words. They say that I showed action, but did I use any words? I have not said anything."