Tamil nationalists see a contriving BJP behind Amma's hastely held funeral
'What was the reason behind creating mock panic and emergency situation by assigning Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu to take care of the situation, pushing the Governor to the front and going ahead with funeral ceremonies?, asks Thirumurugan Gandhi, a Tamil nationalist and the founder of the May 17 movement .
Thirumurugan Gandhi, a Chennai-based Tamil nationalist, has kicked a controversy by questioning the intentions of the Narendra Modi-led Central government in the manner it handled the funeral rites of former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Tuesday.
In a controversial Facebook post in Tamil language, he wrote: "It is an important opportunity for the Central government to loosen the hold of Dravida parties. Subramanian Swamy said the BJP should use the opportunity left by Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu. If we connect the dots, we can understand the politics behind it."
"The reason is that the Modi government has smelt the danger of regional parties growing stronger after seeing the mob weep for their Chief Minister," he added.
Thirumurugan is the founder of the May 17 movement which fights for the cause of Tamil Eelam. He gained popularity on the national media as 'the man who out-voiced Arnab Goswami' during a panel discussion on the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case on Times Now.
Here is full text of the Facebook post translated from Tamil into English:
Funeral ceremonies have been completed within 14 hours after the news of Jayalalithaa’s death came out.
Death of a chief minister, a political party with one crore followers, a party in power, third biggest political party in India, but what was the reason behind the urgent burial of a chief minister?
What was the reason behind creating mock panic and emergency situation by assigning Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu to take care of the situation, pushing the Governor to the front and going ahead with funeral ceremonies?
Why no party supporters was allowed to pay tribute and see their leader for the last time? What was the need for making people go back to normal life urgently?
Why make people go back to their usual worries about life and talk about demonetisation, stand in queue in front of banks and forget about the death?
Paying of tribute to a person accepted by the people has to be performed in the presence of everyone.
The function usually brings to mind the most emotional, firm and saddest feelings. This has been in practice since the funeral of Annadurai. It is very common in other parts of India too.
To create these kinds of mob we kept the body of Muthukukar, who killed himself against racism, for three days and it was a historic move.
After that, the government prohibited it for supporters to gather for the ceremonies. Since then, it has been a practice of the government to create these kinds of crisis. The same happened to those who supported the decision of the government, why did it happen? Is the death of Jayalalithaa going to stop the supremacy of regional parties? It is an important opportunity for the Central government to loosen the hold of Dravida parties.
Subramanian Swamy said the BJP should use the opportunity left by Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu. If we connect the dots, we can understand the politics behind it.
Why should Venkaiah Naidu stand close to Jayalalithaa’s body? He is not a party member, friend of Jayalalithaa or a Tamilian at least. Why should a Cabinet minister be present there? Why should BJP leaders and supporters fill the screens? What politics are they up to?
The ceremony was urgently planned and executed with precision. There was not enough light or visibility of the place where Jayalalithaa was buried, which cannot be ignored.
Before the people gathered and supporters arrived in Chennai to participate the ceremony, the Modi government had planned everything and did not leave any chance for anyone.
The reason is that the Modi government has smelt the danger of regional parties growing stronger after seeing the mob weep for their Chief Minister.
Again, why was the national media worried about Jayalalithaa’s burial? It means that the Central government doesn’t like to show regional parties and its symbols in the media.
Again, why was the Indian flag shown instead of AIADMK flag? A Thanthi reporter was repeating that ‘Jayalalithaa contributed to Indian politics and betterment’, why is that? What will be the job of Venkaiah Naidu from tomorrow? Questions started to fly. Who changed the practice of displaying the body for at least 24 hours for paying tribute? The question should be asked why Jayalalithaa’s supporters couldn’t participate in the funeral ceremonies.