The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam workers clashed here on Sunday after the latter put up wall posters seeking the resignation of Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology A. Raja.
The AIADMK men had reportedly put up the posters in retaliation to posters criticising party general secretary Jayalalithaa which had appeared in the town a few days ago.
The posters, purportedly in the name of ‘Thazthapattor Nala Iyakkam' (Welfare Movement of the Oppressed), asked Ms. Jayalalithaa not to “sow the seeds of casteism,” apparently in the wake of her demand for Mr. Raja's ouster from the Union Cabinet.
On Sunday, a group of AIADMK workers were reportedly pasting posters at Palakkarai here demanding the resignation of Mr.Raja. Taking objection to this, some DMK sympathisers pelted them with stones. The AIADMK cadre retaliated. The police rushed to the spot and dispersed the workers. None was injured.
Meanwhile, some DMK workers allegedly burnt the effigy of Ms. Jayalalithaa and resorted to a ‘road roko' protesting against the pasting of posters by AIADMK workers.
Apart from Perambalur, the DMK men resorted to ‘road rokos' in 11 other places in the district including Kurumbalur, Ammapalayam, Veppanthattai, Kunnam, Poolampadi and Dheeran Nagar, police said.
The police have registered cases and are investigating.