Nellai Kannan was born in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu in 1945. In 1996, he has also contested against former Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi.
Tamil speaker and former Congress leader Nellai Kannan was conferred the ‘Kamarajar Kathir Award’ 2021 in the presence of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday. Controversy has erupted after Nellai was conferred with this honor in the presence of the Chief Minister of the state. Nellai Kannan is the same scholar who was arrested in January 2020 for making provocative speeches.
BJP leader H Raja sat on a dharna for the arrest of Nellai Kannan. Complaints were lodged against Kannan at many places, after which the police took action against him. Tirunelveli City Police case was registered against Kannan. He was accused of making inflammatory speeches against PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
Was told about the elimination of PM Modi and Amit Shah
In December 2020, at a rally organized by the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Nellai Kannan said, ‘Here is a man, whose name is Amit Shah. The Prime Minister is Modi, but the mind is of Amit Shah. If Amit Shah is eliminated, Modi will also be finished. But none of you is putting an end to them. Keep thinking about it, you guys can do something.’ Nellai Kannan said this while addressing a rally in a Muslim dominated area.
BJP had leveled this allegation on Nellai Kannan
BJP spokesperson Narayan Tirupati had also lodged a complaint against Kannan in this matter. He had alleged, ‘Kannan took the names of Modi and Amit Shah in the rally and said that he is surprised that why Muslims have not killed PM Modi and Amit Shah till now?’ Apart from Modi and Shah, Kannan was accused of making objectionable remarks on the then Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami.
BJP had made these allegations against Kannan in its complaint
The video of Kannan’s controversial speech went viral on social media at that time. BJP’s state unit general secretary KS Narendran had filed a complaint on behalf of the party in this matter on December 30. It was written in this complaint, ‘Kannan has insulted PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah internationally by making objectionable remarks against him. His speech was to provoke the public. Kannan instigated the common people to commit criminal acts against the State, Prime Minister and Home Minister. Apart from this, Kannan’s speech also poses a threat to national and communal unity, so action should be taken against Kannan.
Who is Nellai Kannan
Nellai Kannan was born in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu in 1945. He has also been in Congress. Nellai has also contested from Tirunelveli, but he was defeated. In 1996, he has also contested against former Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi. He became the General Secretary of the Congress Party and later was also made the Vice President. Kannan left the Congress party in 2006 and campaigned for the AIADMK, but after the AIADMK’s election defeat, Kannan did not remain active in politics for some time. After this, he started appearing in TV debates and was also seen talking on Tamil literature as well as spirituality.