BJP files complaint against DMK mayor for giving ‘death threat' to its party cadres

BJP files complaint against DMK mayor for giving ‘death threat' to its party cadres

The remark drew sharp reactions from the BJP and the party has now filed a complaint in the matter.

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."

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