Chennai: A statue of Tamil Nadu’s social reformer and poet Thiruvalluvar was desecrated on Monday at Pillayarpatti in Thanjavur district.
The incident happened in Pillayarpatti village where miscreants smeared ink and cow dung on the face of the statue of Thiruvalluvar. Later, the statue was washed off to make it clean again.
An investigation into the incident has been initiated. Meanwhile, over 50 college students from Thanjavur district staged a protest demanding immediate arrest of those responsible for vandalising the poet’s statue.
A political slugfest between the BJP and the DMK ensued on Friday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a book on Thirukkural in Thai language in Bangkok. Soon after this, BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit tweeted a picture of Thiruvalluvar wearing saffron robes with ash smeared on his forehead and a 'rudraksha' around his neck.
The Opposition condemned the tweet calling it saffronising Thiruvalluvar and soon “#BJPinsultsthiruvallur” became the top trends on Sunday.