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Heightened security cover sought for Rajenthra Bhalaji

Members of ‘KTR Peravai’ staging a dharna in Tirunelveli on Monday.

Members of ‘KTR Peravai’ staging a dharna in Tirunelveli on Monday.   | Photo Credit: A_SHAIKMOHIDEEN

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TIRUNELVELI

Seeking heightened security cover for Minister for Dairy Development K.T. Rajenthra Bhalaji by the State and the Central Governments, a group of youths, all affiliated the newly floated ‘KTR Peravai’, submitted a petition to Collector Shilpa Prabhakar Satish on Monday.

The petitioners, wearing the masks of Mr. Rajenthra Bhalaji, said the Minister, who launched intense electioneering during the recently concluded Nanguneri by-poll to ensure the resounding victory of AIADMK candidate Reddiyarpatti V. Narayanan, faced “unpleasant and insecure” situation owing to the “false and malicious” campaign by the cadre and the leaders of the Opposition parties.

With the intention of getting the votes of a particular group, the Opposition parties spread a campaign that Mr. Rajenthra Bhalaji had insulted it by invoking the name of their religion, which was untrue, they said.

However, the malicious campaign triggered immediate protests by the group in various parts of Tamil Nadu where the portraits of the Minister were burnt, which had shown the magnitude of the campaign, the petitioners said.

“Moreover, several memes were created with personal attacks on Mr. Rajenthra Bhalaji and showed him in poor light. Since this situation created by the Opposition parties is posing serious challenges to his safety, the State and the Central Governments should fortify security being provided to the Minister further,” they said.

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