Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi on Tuesday "strongly" condemned the ban against entry of PMK founder S Ramadoss into Madurai and Cuddalore districts, saying it was "anti-democratic".
"While it is fact that Ramadoss speaks beyond limits, it is condemnable that the (respective) district collectors issued orders banning his entry," Karunanidhi said in a party statement here.
It was `doubtful` if the officials had acted without state government support to take the `unilateral` decision, he said.
"I am afraid if we are living in free India; whether the fundamental rights (such as freedom of expression) enshrined in the constitution are being upheld," he said, expressing doubt if such action was meant to `intimidate` opposition ahead of Lok Sabha polls.
Referring to a slew of defamation cases slapped against opposition leaders including himself, he said those believing in democracy should ponder over if such action was fair.
"In a democracy, it is not proper for officials to take the law into their hands and ban the entry of specific leaders into their districts. I strongly condemn this anti-democratic act," he said.
Ramadoss had recently launched a forum of non-Dalit caste-based outfits to campaign for amendments to SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, to prevent its misuse and "protect women against fake inter-caste marriages".
On December 22, a Dalit organisation had filed a complaint with police seeking action against Ramadoss for his alleged derogatory remarks against Dalit youths.
Karunanidhi was locked in a war of words with Ramadoss on this matter. The district administration of Madurai and Cuddalore had recently banned the entry of Ramadoss to prevent law and order problems.