Chennai: Senior DMK politician Kanimozhi apologised today “as a woman and human being” for remarks made by a party official towards female BJP leaders. She said that she could apologise since her party, led by her brother MK Stalin, the Chief Minister, “did not condone this.”
The actor and BJP politician Khushbu Sundar had questioned the DMK on the topic in a tweet, to which Ms. Kanimozhi was reacting.
“When males assault women, it just demonstrates the type of upbringing they received and the toxic atmosphere in which they were raised. These males degrade a woman’s womb. Such folks identify as Kalaignar followers. Is the H’ble CM @mkstalin in control of this new Dravidian model?” She tweeted with Ms. Kanimozhi’s name in it.
Khushbu Sundar’s Tweet:
I apologise for what was said on behalf of women and all people. No matter who said it, where it was spoken, or whatever party they support, this can never be accepted. And I’m able to publicly apologise for this because neither my party, @arivalayam, nor my leader, @mkstalin, support it”, Kanimozhi said.
Mr. Stalin recently expressed his displeasure with the inappropriate remarks and actions of his party members.
He compared himself to a drum that has been struck on both sides and claimed that they are giving him “sleepless nights.”
At a party gathering earlier this month, he noted that “the party has come under contempt and embarrassment due of the behaviour of certain.”
Days later, the DMK was forced to expel senior leader and spokesperson KS Radhakrishnan from the party’s primary membership due to his derogatory remarks on partner Congress.
Mr. Radhakrishnan mentioned Manmohan Singh 2.0 in a tweet about the Congress elections that has since been deleted, suggesting that regardless of the outcome, Sonia Gandhi would remain in charge.
There was controversy earlier when higher education minister K Ponmudi made derogatory remarks about women using the state government’s free bus transportation programme.
A Raja, a former minister and Member of Parliament, made a controversial statement last month about Shudras and Hindus.