CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu minister for milk and dairy development S M Nasar faced a firestorm on social media on Tuesday after a video showed him hurling a stone at a party worker.
Nasar allegedly got upset at the worker for taking time to get a chair for him and other officials. In the video, the minister can be heard shouting at the worker for the delay and picking up a stone from the spot where he stood. A couple of DMK functionaries, who were with the minister, can be heard laughing in the background. No one was injured in the incident.
The minister was overseeing arrangements at a venue in Tiruvallur where chief minister M K Stalin was to participate in a public meeting on Wednesday as part of the DMK’s ‘Veera Vanakkam Naal’ event. The event will be held to commemorate those who died during the anti-Hindi agitation. Despite attempts, the minister was unavailable for comments.
Opposition parties criticized the minister’s behavior. TN BJP president K Annamalai tweeted: “In India’s history, has anybody seen a govt minister throwing stones at people? Display of this by a @arivalayam party DMK Govt Minister, Thiru @Avadi_Nasar.
Throwing stones at people in frustration. No decency, No decorum & treating people like slaves! That’s DMK for you.” Seconding him, former AIADMK minister D Jayakumar asked, “Is this Dravidian model which DMK wants to project?”