Chennai: Police security was tightened after over 100 journalists protested outside the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in Tamil Nadu demanding action against leaders H Raja and S Ve Shekher for their abusive and insulting remarks against women journalists. A petition is likely to be submitted to the BJP state president in this regard.
Senior BJP leader from Tamil Nadu S Ve Shekher today said his Facebook post, which courted controversy a day before, was shared “by mistake”. The BJP leader apologised and expressed surprise that people who were sharing screenshots of it did not find it offensive. His post had read: “Media people are the cheap, lowly, ugly, vulgar beings of Tamil Nadu.”
Shekher, who spoke to The Indian Express on Thursday, had said he did not read the entire post — credited to “Thirumalai S” — before he shared it. “I will never abuse anyone. I wanted to delete that post, but Facebook has blocked it. I cannot access my account for the next 24 hours,” he had said. Shekhar said Thirumalai, a resident of the US, is a “strong BJP supporter” of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two had met during the BJP leader’s visit to the country.
Shekher’s FB post came in the wake of Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit’s apology to a woman journalist for patting her cheek during a press conference in Chennai. His entire Facebook post had read, “This ugly truth has come out through the complaints raised recently. These are the (using a derogatory word) women who have come out to question the Governor. Media people are the cheap, lowly, ugly, vulgar beings of Tamil Nadu. There are only few exceptions. I respect only them. Otherwise, the whole of TN media is in a regressive path caught in the hands of criminals, rascals, blackmailers.”