An AIADMK functionary was slapped by MLA S Semmalai for asking sitting Dharmapuri MP Anbumani Ramadoss why he had turned up in the constituency after five years. The incident caught on camera shows Senthil, an AIADMK functionary, standing close to the podium where PMK’s Anbumani Ramadoss is addressing a gathering. “Why have you come only now, after five years,” asks Senthil and is in turn slapped multiple times by AIADMK’S Mettur MLA Semmalai.
While Senthil continues to shoot questions at the sitting MP, he is quickly rounded up by security guards and evicted from the spot. A video clip shows Senthil asking Anbumani about the farmers’ protest over the eight lane Salem to Chennai Expressway, as he is pushed out of the area.Senthil is later captured on camera fainting and falling to the ground after being roughed up by people present there.
The incident took place at Olapatti village in Dharmapuri constituency, where Anbumani Ramadoss is seeking a re-election. According to reports, Anbumani cut short his campaign visit following the incident. Based on data, the former Union Health Minister had one of the poorest performances in Parliament as an MP. According to PRS, Anbumani had an attendance of 45%, below the national average and state average of 80% and 78% respectively. As an MP, he participated in 12 debates as against the national average of 67 and asked 51 questions in Parliament versus the all-India average of 293.
The PMK, which is part of the AIADMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu, is contesting from seven Lok Sabha constituencies in the state. The alliance also includes BJP, DMDK, Puthiya Tamilagam, New Justice Party and the Tamil Maanila Congress.
Tamil Nadu had witnessed massive protests last year over the Chennai-Salem Greenfield Expressway. Farmers and residents had staged protests in several villages accusing the government of not consulting them before taking away their agricultural land and livelihoods. The centrally sponsored project traverses through the districts of Chennai, Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, and Salem.