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BJP Tamil Nadu unit chief L Murugan tries to go on ‘Vel Yatra’ defying ban, detained

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Chennai: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Tamil Nadu unit President L Murugan and Vice President Annamalai, H Raja, CT Ravi and over 100 social gathering functionaries on Friday (November 6) arrested by police in Thiruttani, as they tried to go ahead with the ‘Vel Yatra’, defying the ban. The month-long ‘Vel Yatra’, invoking Lord Murugan, deliberate from November 6 to December 6 to cowl six abodes of the deity unfold throughout the state.

The BJP leaders had left for Thiruttani from Chennai on Friday morning to begin their Vel yatra and praying on the Murugan temple in Tiruvallur district. “I am going to pray in the Tiruttani Murugan temple, I have a right to worship according to the Constitution of India,” BJP state President L Murugan advised the media, as he launched into the journey.

As the BJP leaders and the social gathering cadre had been about to renew the subsequent leg of their journey after providing prayers on the Murugan temple, they had been blocked by a posse of police and brought into preventive custody.

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It can be mentioned {that a} case will probably be registered and FIR can be filed for violating prohibitory orders (Section 144) that’s in place throughout Tamil Nadu, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, the Tamil Nadu authorities had determined to reject permission for the month-long Vetri Vel Yatra, citing a doable second wave of Covid-19. Advocate General Vijay Narayan has knowledgeable the Madras High Court that the rejection order can be served on the BJP State unit workplace bearers on Thursday.

Shortly after the BJP’s Vel yatra proceeded additional away from the Chennai metropolis, the police stopped the convoy and permitted solely restricted variety of automobiles.

The BJP sees the Vel Yatra as a present of solidarity with the Hindu neighborhood within the state, forward of the 2021 Assembly elections. Given that the BJP has no consultant within the Tamil Nadu Assembly or an MP from the state, it has been striving exhausting to ascertain a base within the Dravidian bastion.

Recently, there had been controversies within the state after a YouTube channel uploaded a video with derogatory content material towards hymns sung in reward of Lord Muruga. The BJP functionaries and supporters had alleged that those that uploaded these movies had ties with the opposition social gathering DMK.

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