Parties stage protests for political mileage: Palaniswami

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Chennai, June 27 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Wednesday said a total of 31,269 protests were held in the state in 2017 and blamed political parties and others for staging the protests to gain political mileage.

Speaking in the Assembly, Palaniswami said the protests were held by political parties, government employees, workers, students, religious organisations and others.

He said some political parties and organisations were trying to convert the state into a protest arena.

“Their true aim is to gain political mileage and not public welfare,” Palaniswami said.

Citing data from the Bureau of Police Research and Development, Palniswami said 15 per cent of all protests in the country were held in Tamil Nadu.

On an average, 47 protests were held daily, he said.

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