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DMK accuses Venkaiah Naidu of 'saffronising' Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar

The original tweet was swiftly taken down and Naidu shared another tweet greeting people on Valluvar Jayanti, this time using pictures of the saint in white robes instead.

January 16, 2020 / 06:02 PM IST

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu deleted a picture of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar that he had tweeted on January 16 after strong protest by members of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party.

In his original post, Naidu had put up a picture of the bard in saffron robes, which irked the DMK. Responding to the tweet, they asked the VP not to 'saffronise' the philosopher and saint.

They claimed that the first picture tweeted by him suggested that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is attempting to saffronise every institution.

The tweet was swiftly taken down and Naidu shared another tweet greeting people on Valluvar Jayanti, this time using pictures of the saint in white robes instead.

Notably, Thiruvalluvar is a highly revered personality in Tamil Nadu and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram was known for always quoting him in his Budget speeches. Current Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman too referred to him while presenting her maiden Budget.

The row sparked by the now-deleted image shared by Naidu gains added relevance given Tamil Nadu is set to become the next battleground for the political parties, with the BJP trying hard to make inroads in the southern state.
Jagyaseni Biswas

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