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Updated December 18th, 2023 at 13:37 IST

Black no longer colour of protest: Kollam BJP workers paints himself white

In response to Kerala Police's arrests for black flag waving and black dress in areas hosting CM Pinarayi Vijayan's program, BJP member paints himself white.

Reported by: Aswin Nandakumar
Edited by: Shweta Singh
An unconventional protest by Kollam's BJP member in response to Kerala Police's arrests for black flag waving and black attire in areas hosting Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's outreach program
Ranjith, a Kollam's BJP member Kollam BJP member used satire to mark protest | Image:Republic
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Kollam: As there has been a slew of controversy and political unrest after black flags and people donning black dresses as a mark of protest hit the streets of Kerala, a BJP member from Kollam created a flutter on social media by painting himself fully white including his skin.  The protester identified as Ranjth claims that even his derriere is painted white in obedience to 'Black Hating King'

This protest in the backdrop of multiple arrests made by Kerala Police for those waving a black flag and those wearing a black dress in the areas where Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's people's outreach programme titled Navda Kerala Sadas is being held in the district. 

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Ranjith is seen protesting by painting his entire body with white paint. Along with his body adorned in a white shirt and dhoti, Ranjith walked on the streets of Kollam where the Kerala Chief Minister's convoy is to pass. "The King is to arrive. Make way for the king," he is seen commenting in a jesting manner. 

As he walks past a hotel, he picks up a lemon kept in front of a small eat-out and warns the shopkeeper by saying you could be arrested for keeping things that could be thrown at the king. "Please take away this rod, the king is all set to arrive" he is seen telling a shopkeeper and also a woman selling areca nuts. 

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The Police are seen around him trying to take him into detention and in the funny video he is seen holding onto his white colour chair saying he is not going to come anywhere. "Even if the king is a cruel person or a thief, a king is a king. We are all slaves," he tells on camera. 

"This is not a protest, I do not want to hurt the sentiments of my king who is going to pass by this road in some time. I don't want to hurt my king who hates the sight of black colour," says Ranjith, reminding me how a fellow party man was arrested for wearing black. 

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"I have made a special white colour chair for my king. I have even painted my phone cover white," he says while in the background protests by the BJP are heard.

The police are seen questioning him, to which he lifts his dhoti to show he is wearing a black innerwear. "Sir, I swear I have painted my derriere itself white. only my eyeballs are black. I won't look at my king when he passes," he shouts as people are seen laughing hysterically. 

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As police tried to take him into detention, Ranjith asked a question about the rationale of his arrest. "Will you arrest the chief minister if Prime Minister is passing through this state?", to which police are seen to be flabbergasted by his reason. "So how can you arrest a people's representative in the area when the chief minister is passing? 

Ranjith, a BJP member of Kollam Thalavoor Panchayat had earlier become a viral sensation after he paid Electricity board in sacks of coins last month. 

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Published December 18th, 2023 at 13:36 IST

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