Chennai: Charging DMK with "unable to stand criticism", CPI(M) on Thursday alleged that the ruling party in Tamil Nadu was resorting to violence against it.
Tamil Nadu CPI(M) unit secretary G Ramakrishnan alleged his party workers were "either attacked or being intimidated" by DMK men in Madurai and said a complaint had been preferred with the DGP in this regard seeking action.
"CPI(M) leaders and workers being assaulted by DMK men has become a routine affair in Madurai. Intimidating on telephone, burning vehicles of party functionaries and making provocative remarks against us in DMK meetings have become
common," he told reporters here.
Ramakrishnan said this was due to the constant criticism of the government by his party on people`s issues, which he alleged had earned the ire of the ruling party.
"We have been criticising the government on various issues and pointing out their mistakes. They must take these criticism in the right spirit and try to solve people`s
problems. Instead, resorting to violence is not proper," he said.
In the complaint filed with the DGP, a copy of which was made available to press, Ramakrishnan said besides the attack on party MLA from Madurai East, N Nanmaran, during last year`s Lok Sabha elections, local DMK leaders resorted to intimidating tactics, especially while addressing public meetings.
Party senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP, TK Rangarajan, described the DMK as "anti-Dalit" for its approach towards Dalit issues in the state.