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23 Jan 2019 | 06:21 PM UTC

India: Political party plans protest in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) on January 24

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The DMK party announces protests in Chennai (Tamil Nadu state) on January 24; localized disruptions likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/23/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/24/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India, Raj Bhavan (Chennai)

Event

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party announced protests scheduled for Thursday, January 24, in the Tamil Nadu capital of Chennai. The demonstration will be held outside the Raj Bhavan, or government house, by Guindy National Park. Organizers are calling for the resignation of Chief Minister Eddappadi K Palaniswami of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADKM) party due to his alleged involvement in the Konanad affair. Localized transportation disruptions in the vicinity of the Raj Bhavan are expected and a heightened security presence is possible.

Context

A gang of masked men robbed the Kodanad estate in Tamil Nadu, the retreat of a late former chief minister, in 2017, resulting in the murder of one security guard. Two men arrested in connection to the crime implicated K Palaniswami. The DMK has since called for investigations and attempted to oust K Palaniswami from power.

The AIADMK is a breakaway faction of the DMK and the current ruling party in Tamil Nadu and the third largest party in the national Lok Sahba, or lower house of parliament.

Advice

Individuals in Chennai are advised to monitor the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions.

 

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