Sathiyaraj Balu, a functionary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), has been arrested by police for uploading a defamatory post about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Balu has been booked under Sections 504 and 505 (2) of the Indian Penal Code.
The Hindu Makkal Katchi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had earlier brought the matter to police’s notice and lodged a complaint against Balu demanding action.
Police said that Sathiyaraj morphed the picture of Prime Minister Modi wherein he is seen carrying a begging bowl. The photograph was posted before the Prime Minister’s visit to Madurai to lay the foundation stone of All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Madurai yesterday to lay the foundation stone for an AIIMS and also inaugrate super speciality blocks in GMCs in Madurai, Thanjavur and Thirunelvelli.
PM Modi’s visit was met with protests led by MDMK chief Vaiko in Madurai.
Vaiko released black balloons and raised black flags against Modi’s visit to Tamil Nadu stating that the PM has not acted in interest of the people of the state.
While in Tamil Nadu, PM Modi hit out at critics of the 10 per cent quota for the economically weaker sections.
A few in the state were creating an “atmosphere of suspicion and mistrust” for ‘selfish’ interests, he said.
He took a swipe at the proposed grand alliance of opposition parties, saying they had set aside their ‘differences’ to “remove this watchman” in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
(With inputs from agencies)