Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Sunday turned emotional while reacting to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader A Raja's alleged disparaging remarks against him, his mother and said a mother occupied a lofty position in society and anyone who denigrated women would be punished by God.
A day after the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam lodged a police complaint against Raja for his comment, Palaniswami, obviously sad, denounced the offensive language used by the rival party leader.
As he tried to speak up in a campaign in north Chennai, the chief minister's voice choked and he turned emotional.
If a person who occupied the position of chief minister could be targeted in such an objectionable manner, what would be the position of ordinary people, he wondered.
"Think, what kind of a situation our women and mothers would face if such people capture power?" he asked.
Police have filed a case against Raja for his offensive allegation, an insinuation about Palaniswami's birth.
He appealed to the people to give people like Raja an 'appropriate punishment' apparently through ballots.
Whether rich or poor, a mother is accorded a very high position in the society and whoever made disparaging remarks against a mother or women would be punished for sure by the God, Palaniswami said.
The AIADMK workers and cadres of alliance parties including the Pattali Makkal Katchi on Sunday held protest demonstrations in several regions of Tamil Nadu seeking the arrest of Raja.