Political parties condemn BJP's controversial tweet on Periyar on his death anniversary

As leaders of various political partiesremembered Rationalist leader E V R Periyar on his 46th death anniversary, the BJP IT Wing stoked a controversy with a tweet,drawing the ire of leaders, including from the ruling AIADMK and Opposition DMK and its allies and demanded an apology.

Following Opposition, the BJP had deleted the tweet, whichalso went viral in the social media.

The BJP in its tweet, with a photo of Periyar and his wife, said''on the occasion of Maniammai's father EV Ramasamy's deathanniversary, let's take a pledge supporting death penalty to thosesexually assaulting children and create a POCSO-criminals freesociety''.