If BJP leader Tarun Vijay thought the uproar over his 'South Indians are black' comment had ended, a visit to Pondicherry on Thursday proved him wrong. Students from the Pondicherry University, belonging to Students' Federation of India and Ambedkar Students' Association, erupted in protest at an event, where the former MP had been invited as a chief guest.
According to eyewitnesses, the former BJP MP was the chief guest for a cultural event held at the University at 4pm. The programme was however soon disrupted by over 30 students, who demanded that he leave the venue. Several of them termed his comments on South Indians as racist and raised slogans against the BJP leader.
The BJP leader's controversial remark was made on April 7, during a panel discussion on an international news channel. In the context of increasing attacks on African students in India, Tarun Vijay suggested that Indians cannot be called racist as they live with people from south India who are 'black'. His comments led to widespread criticism and even disruption in the Parliament. Opposition members demanded strong action against the former Rajya Sabha member for his 'racist comment'.
Tarun Vijay then took to Twitter to apologise for his 'badly framed sentence'. But just when it seemed like the storm over his remarks had settled down, he was greeted with "Down down Tarun Vijay" slogans, during his visit to the Pondicherry University.
Following this, police personnel present at the venue, forcibly evicted the students from the auditorium. They however continued their protests outside the hall, raising loud slogans against Tarun Vijay. Meanwhile, the programme continued and the BJP leader was escorted out of the University amid tight security.