Raja stated he clarified in a public assembly that he was evaluating the management qualities of his celebration chief MK Stalin and Palaniswami utilizing a youngsters’s analogy
Udhagamandalam: DMK MP A Raja on Monday prolonged an apology to Chief Minister Ok Palaniswami for ensuring remarks allegedly referring to the latter’s deceased mom, however claimed his phrases have been ‘misunderstood’ and ‘manipulated.’
Raja’s apology to the AIADMK veteran got here a day after the chief minister turned emotional at an election rally in Chennai whereas recalling the episode, moreover police reserving the Nilgiris MP underneath related sections of the Indian Penal Code and Representation of People Act over the matter.
Elections to the 234 member Tamil Nadu meeting can be held on 6 April.
Raja stated he clarified in a public assembly in Gudalur within the district on Sunday that he didn’t intend to defame Palaniswami or his late mom, however was making a comparability between the management qualities of his celebration chief MK Stalin and the CM, utilizing a youngsters’s analogy.
“Still, I came across reports that the chief minister turned emotional at my remarks and I am deeply anguished over this. I express regret from the bottom of my heart for lines that were misunderstood,” he stated.
“In fact, I have no hesitation to apologise to Palaniswami if he really felt hurt and (did not do it) for politics (turning emotional),” he learn out from a press release earlier than reporters.
Seeking to make clear issues with the chief minister, his celebration staff, and others, Raja stated his speech was not concerning the private criticism of two leaders, however an estimation and comparability of two political figures in public life —Stalin and Palaniswami.
Raja, who stated his phrases have been “selectively picked and manipulated for political reasons,” stated that whereas acquitting him within the 2G Spectrum allocation rip-off, Special Judge OP Saini had stated the case was about “misreading of files, selective reading of files, non-reading of files, out of context reading of files,” and stated his speech in competition ought to be seen in its totality of 40 minutes.
He stated he had prolonged the apology for the reason that chief minister had turned emotional and that he didn’t need the episode to stay a “black mark” in his public life.
He additionally didn’t wish to embarrass his celebration DMK or its chief Stalin, Raja added.
To a query, he stated attainable electoral good points could also be behind the matter changing into controversial.
Raja’s alleged remarks had seen AIADMK staff staging state-wide protests demanding his arrest, whilst his effigies have been burnt in locations like Salem, Palaniswami’s native district.
The chief minister on Sunday turned emotional whereas reacting to Raja’s alleged disparaging remarks in opposition to him, his mom and stated a mom occupied a lofty place in society and anybody who denigrated ladies could be punished by God.
The ruling celebration had additionally petitioned the Election Commission, searching for a ban on Raja from campaigning.
AIADMK ally BJP had additionally hit out at Raja for his feedback, with Union Minister Smriti Irani alleging that “DMK is such a political party that does not respect women.”
DMK president Stalin, with out mentioning anybody’s identify, had stated on Saturday that in campaigns, celebration staff should make dignified feedback, saying rivals would distort and edit speeches.