The Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Tamilisai Soundararajan was left annoyed by a co-passenger onboard a flight on Monday as the woman student shouted anti-BJP slogans and allegedly called the BJP government ‘fascist’. The woman was held by the police after the flight landed at the Tuticorin Airport.
"Surprised to see reactions of few TN leaders in support of her unruly behavior inside aircraft claiming it as Democratic right. Will they accept a similar situation happens for them during their next air journey inside plane will they or their cadres keep quiet as Democratic right?," Tamilisai Soundararajan tweeted.
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Surprised to see reactions of few TN leaders insupport of her unruly behavior inside aircraft claiming it as Democratic right.Will they accept a similar situation happens for them during their next air journey inside plane will they or their cadres keep quiet as Democratic right?— Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan (@DrTamilisaiBJP) September 3, 2018
In a video by news agency ANI, Soundararajan is spotted having a conversation with the woman at the Tuticorin Airport’s arrival lounge.
#WATCH BJP Tamil Nadu President Tamilisai Soundararajan got into an argument with a co-passenger at Tuticorin airport. The passenger who has now been detained had allegedly raised 'Fascist BJP Govt down down' slogan #TamilNadu pic.twitter.com/TzfyQn3IOo— ANI (@ANI) September 3, 2018
"It (inside of a flight) is not a public forum....how can you expect me to keep mum when she shouts 'down with BJP's fascist government' looking at me? Is it freedom of expression," she asked.
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The Tamil Nadu BJP leader added that the student started shouting and arguing with a point that she had the freedom of expression after she was asked if it was appropriate to shout slogans inside a flight.
“A middle-aged lady on seeing me started raising anti-BJP slogans and even followed up to the arrival gate. Her appearance looked threatening, I feel some organisation is behind her,” the TN BJP chief added.
A middle-aged lady on seeing me started raising anti-BJP slogans and even followed up to the arrival gate. Her appearance looked threatening, I feel some organisation is behind her: Tamilisai Soundararajan, BJP Tamil Nadu President pic.twitter.com/FMOBqdTR5h— ANI (@ANI) September 3, 2018
Meanwhile reacting on the issue Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief MK Stalin said in a tweet: “Down with BJP’s fascist regime”, asking the government to release the student immediately.
ஜனநாயக விரோத - கருத்துரிமைக்கு எதிரான தமிழக அரசின் இந்த நடவடிக்கை கடும் கண்டனத்துக்குரியது! உடனடியாக அவரை விடுதலை செய்ய வேண்டும்!அப்படி சொல்பவர்களை எல்லாம் கைது செய்வீர்கள் என்றால் எத்தனை இலட்சம் பேரை சிறையில் அடைப்பீர்கள்?நானும் சொல்கின்றேன்!“பா.ஜ.க வின் பாசிச ஆட்சி ஒழிக!” https://t.co/JoPajdrSW5— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) September 3, 2018
The woman, Louis Sophia, is reportedly a student at an Australian university and is on a visit to her native district.
(With inputs from PTI)