Chennai, July 7: The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi K Palaniswami has come out with a bizarre statement in the Assembly on Friday. He said women and children protesting against Tasmac liquor shops has become “fashion” in Tamil Nadu. Palanisamy made the contentious remarks during the debate on grants for the home department in the state assembly. Also Read - Petrol, Diesel Prices Rise Yet Again | Check Rates in Various Metro Cities

The Congress legislature party leader K R Ramasamy accused Edappadi K Palaniswami led AIADMK government for not addressing the inconvenience caused to the general populace due to the opening up of TASMAC shops. He also said that this government will not able to solve this problem and they also wanted to know the intent of the government. Also Read - Elephant Dies After Being Set on Fire by Tamil Nadu Resort Workers, Horrific Act Caught on Camera

The Opposition leader further accused the AIADMK government of adopting insensitivity while dealing with protesters, including women and children. Highlighting the Tripur incident, where a senior police officer was caught on camera slapping a woman protester, Ramasamy alleged that state forces are committing excesses while quelling anti-government protests and rallies. Also Read - Brain Dead UP Woman Gives New Lease of Life to 5 People by Donating Her Organs

Responding to the accusation of Ramasamy, CM Palaniswami said in the House, “I have already explained the Tirupur incident in detail. It has become a fashion for protesters to involve women and children. Police are doing their duty.”

On June 18, 200 local residents in Tripur, including women and children, went on an indefinite hunger strike demanding the closure of  Tasmac shop liquor shops in Tamil Nadu. As protests turned violent, police resorted to lathi charge. The agitators retaliated by pelting stones. Several protesters were arrested by the forces for their role in escalating violence during the demonstration.