The tweet had come ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Chennai on Sunday to launch and inaugurate several projects.

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news Controversy Monday, February 15, 2021 - 08:55

A day after actor Oviyaa tweeted with the hashtag #GoBackModi, a member of the legal wing of Tamil Nadu BJP submitted a petition to the cyber crime cell demanding action against her. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Chennai on Sunday to launch a few projects and inaugurate a few more. The petition was submitted to the Superintendent of Police, Cyber Cell, CB-CID by Alexis Sudhakar, a lawyer and member of BJP legal wing, seeking inquiry against the tweet. The party also demanded that the police check if the actor’s intention behind the tweet was to incite public disorder ahead of PM Modi’s visit to the state’s capital city and take appropriate action against her.

The said tweet was posted from ‘Oviyaasweetz’, the official Twitter account of the actor, known from Bigg Boss Tamil, on Saturday. Alexis Sudhakar alleged that Sri Lanka and China were working with the likes of Oviyaa to create law and order problems against India’s sovereignty and that some political parties are also indulging in activities that would lead to distortion of peace and order in and around Chennai. However, he did not present any proof to back his claims.

He further claimed in his complaint, "Following her tweets, large number of public in Tamil Nadu including some petty political parties indulged in activities that lead to distortion of public peace and order in and around Chennai and I along with my friends and relations were victimised. It is pertinent to note that even during the last time visit of Prime Minister such similar type of illegal activities distorting public order by inciting through words published in social media occurred and the same has been repeating distressfully. Hence this continuous criminal activities deserve a serious deep investigation as to unearth the real motive and culprits behind the offender actress oviya as there remains a reasonable suspicion that the criminal activities against the sovereignty of India is backed up by notorious criminals."

Alexis wants a case of sedition charged against Oviya for a mere tweet. He also says, "I further request that the investigation officers check her correspondence and communication with foreign countries and also inspect her passport to understand if she is of Indian Nationality only given her violent acts."

Meanwhile, BJP's State President and Social Media head CTR Nirmal Kumar denied that the party had given the complaint. "No complaint has been launched from BJP Legal wing against any individual who claim themselves as a celebrity," he responded to TNM.

Prime Minister Modi reached Chennai around 10.30 am on Sunday and proceeded to the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor stadium near Central railway station. A special event was organised, which saw the participation of Chief MInister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief MInister O Panneerselvam, for the Prime Minister to launch the new projects. The Prime Minister, after the launch, also reportedly had a small one-to-one interaction with the Chief Minister before leaving for Kochi around 1.30 pm.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Chennai was expected to be significant since Tamil Nadu will go to polls in a few months’ time. The Assembly elections is expected to take place in a single phase and a team from the Election Commission of India (ECI) had visited the state a couple of days ago to review the poll preparedness in Tamil Nadu. However, in his current visit, Modi did not have any party meetings with the BJP’s electoral ally AIADMK, except the short meeting with Chief Minister Palaniswami. 

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