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Row over omission of Congress MP's name in advertisement

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Tiruvannamalai: Omission of Congress MP M. Krishnaswamy's name in a government advertisement for a function held in Arani triggered altercation between district Collector M. Rajendran and Congress workers on Tuesday. Five party workers were admitted to the Arani Government Hospital.

The function was organised by administration to distribute eligibility cards for beneficiaries under the Kalaignar Veedu Vazhangum Thittam. Food Minister E.V. Velu was to distribute the cards. When Mr. Rajendran's car was approaching the function venue, some Congress workers raised slogans criticising the omission of the name of Mr. Krishnaswamy, local Congress MP and former TNCC president, in newspaper advertisements bearing the State government's symbol. They also questioned omission of pictures of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Mr. Karunamurthi, general body member of TNCC, one of the five persons admitted to hospital, told TheHindu “We raised slogans praising Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, and criticising omission of Krishnaswamy's name and Prime Minister's picture in the advertisements given by Block Development Office. We merely wanted to raise the issue before the Collector.”

Asked for his comment on the incident, Mr. Rajendran said “They stopped my entry to the function. We pushed our way through.” Asked whether he slapped them he said “no, we simply pushed our way through.”

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