The DMK will go beyond protests and demonstrations and consult all allies and the general public on stalling the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act, DMK president M.K. Stalin has said.
Addressing a massive protest organised by the DMK and other like-minded parties in Chennai on Monday (December 23), he said, “I bow my head for making the rally a great success. We should not stop with demonstrations, processions, and meetings. We will continue to protest until the Union government takes back the citizenship Act,” he said.
Thousands of DMK workers thronged the streets from Thalamuthu Natrajan Maaligai to Rajarathinam stadium in Egmore.
“Yesterday, the ruling party planned to stop this protest march and even approached the Madras High Court seeking a ban. However, the ruling party’s conspiracy was defeated and the Madras High Court said there is no ban on the protest. So, in a way, we should thank the ruling party too for the support we garnered,” Stalin said.
The protesters raised slogans against the BJP and the AIADMK. The march, which covered a two-km stretch, was completed in about half an hour. As per police estimates, there were 15,000 people.
Stalin thanked all leaders and workers for taking part. He said almost 10,000 police personnel had ‘participated’ in the march, too.
Congress leader and former finance minister P. Chidambaram, TN Congress chief K.S. Alagiri, CPI state secretary R. Mutharasam, CPI(M) state secretary K. Balakrishnan, and Viduthalai Chiruthaigai Katchi (VCK) leader Thol Thirumavalavan too part in the procession.
The police kept a close watch on the protest and deployed drones on the directions of the High Court.