Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has entered the political tussle regarding the VHP's Ramrajya Rath Yatra, which entered Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.
Taking to Twitter, Haasan, supremo of the Makkal Needhi Maiam, wrote:
"Voices for social harmony being throttled with 144 &arrests. Procession with divisive political agenda allowed with protection. The TN government, dancing to someone else's tune, is neither reflecting people's opinion nor being empathetic to students writing their board exams."
Six hundred people have been detained so far in the state's Tirunelveli district for agitating against the VHP's yatra. 1500 police personnel had been deployed there in anticipation of the protestors coming face to face with the yatra. Section 144 had been imposed in the area.
Meanwhile, Opposition leader MK Stalin of the DMK has been detained following a protest outside the Tamil Nadu assembly from where his party MLAs were evicted.
Speaking in the assembly, Stalin had said that the government should immediately send back the VHP people from the state as it would create unwanted communal tension. He added that the Ayodhya Ram Mandir issue was still pending before the Supreme Court, and asked how the government could give permission for such a rally.
The chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi Palaniswami, replied that the yatra had crossed five states and no communal tensions or violence had taken place.
The yatra had departed from Ayodhya on February 13.