AIADMK Sacks Leader Hours After Tweet Calling Journalists 'Street Dogs'

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| May 28 , 2018 , 14:54 IST

A senior functionary of the IT wing of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK party paid a heavy price on Monday for his derogatory comments on reporters attempting to record the visit of Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam to the hospital to meet with those injured in the Sterlite protests.

Hari Prabhakaran in a tweet on Monday morning referred to reporters as 'street dogs' and was soon after sacked by the AIADMK from all party posts despite Prabhakaran deleting the original tweet and issuing an apology.

Prabhakaran had tweeted, "Reporters are not allowed to shoot inside the hospital during the DCM visit - street dogs who shouts for biscuits will be tied on the gate rather allowing them inside."

Journalists attempting to enter the hospital with the Deputy CM were barred from entering over 'fear of infection' to the patients, however, the politicians were able to proceed.

The controversial tweet was deleted by Prabhakaran, but by then screenshots of his strong statement had already been taken. Prabhakaran issued a second tweet apologising for his earlier statement.

"All opinions expressed by me are personal and it is not official party view. I'm not authorised to express party views. I heard few people got hurt due to one of my tweet this morning .I don't have any animosity towards any group of people. My apologies to those who r hurt," tweeted Prabhakaran.

O Panneerselvam had been visiting those injured in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin due to the protests demanding the closure of the Sterlite copper smelting plant last week.