Chennai: Criticising the AIADMK government over the handling the protests by Muslims opposed to an American movie allegedly denigrating Islam, DMK chief M Karunanidhi today demanded to know why efforts were not taken to amicably solve the issue through talks.
Holding the government responsible over the developments concerning anti-US protests that turned violent twice—on Friday last and Tuesday, he also alleged police are being made a "scapegoat" in this issue, referring to shunting out of J K Tripathy as City Police Commissioner to buttress his claim.
"This (the anti-US protests) is happening for five days. Why were no efforts taken on behalf of the government to hold talks with representatives of the protestors and assure them that the issue would be solved amicably," he said in a letter to partymen.
He said the violence—mobs setting ablaze two-wheelers and police resorting to a lathicharge to disperse the crowd on Tuesday—and said Anna Salai area where the incident occurred reminded him of a battle-field.
Referring to a host of other events, including allegations by Christians of desecration of a church at Idinthakarai by police acting against anti-nuclear protestors, he said the government was not handling law and order and related activities properly.
To deflect the blame, police department had been made the "usual scapegoat," he said, adding government has pinned responsibility on Tripathy for the violent protests "and transferred him in a hurry."
Had similar incidents occurred during the DMK government's tenure, Jayalalithaa would not only have been very critical of the regime, but also demanded the dismissal of the "minority government" (as she used to describe it) by the Centre under Article 356. "One is reminded of the numerous statements in this regard," he said.