I'm doing well, tweets Khushboo; DMK issues gag order

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 08, 2013 18:55 hrs

Chennai: Actress and DMK member Khushboo, whose house was vandalised by a group of people, says she is doing "well" after the "misfortune". However, she has clearly stated she doesn't want to comment further on it.

"Dear friends, I am doing well. A misfortune has taken place and wouldn't want to comment until and unless the investigations are done. Thank you," Khushboo, who tweets under the handle @khushbusundar, posted on her page Thursday night.

Following the attack, Khushboo's fans and friends, extended their solidarity.

In a new post Friday afternoon, she wrote: "I am emotionally moved at the support from all the sides in these trying times. I have always emerged a winner and will do so even now. Thanks."

Khushboo's house was attacked following an interview she gave to a Tamil magazine in which she repeated the party line that the general council would decide on the next leader.

The actress's views apparently enraged DMK cadres owing allegiance to M.K. Stalin, party treasurer and son of party president M. Karunanidhi.

Shouting slogans, a group of people hurled stones at the windows of the actress's house, smashing some panes and windscreen of her car. At the time of the attack, the actress was away in Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), around 350 km from here, to attend a wedding.

As the actress emerged from her hotel in Trichy, a group of people threw their footwear at her.

In her interview, Khushboo had said that Karunanidhi had proposed the name of Stalin as the next party chief. She said the party's general council would decide on the next leader.

Karunanidhi too had earlier said that who would lead the party after him would be decided by the general council.

Police suspected that DMK cadres may have been behind the attack.

Speaking to reporters in Trichy, Khushboo said she had been misquoted by the magazine.

DMK officials said the actress had tried to discuss the matter with Stalin, but could not.

The 42-year-old debuted as a child artist in the Hindi film "The Burning Train". In a career spanning over three decades, she has acted in several southern language films like "Kaliyuga Pandavulu", "Ranadheera", "Anjada Gandu", and "Yugapurusha".

As a child artist, she did Hindi films like "Laawaris", and "Dard ka Rishta" and later did "Meri Jung" as a grownup actress.

DMK backs Khushboo, issues gag order

Backing party leader and actor Khushboo Sundar who faced violent protests over her controversial remarks on party Treasurer M K Stalin's elevation, DMK today issued a gag order to its members as it hinted that those behind the "barbaric attacks" could be from the party itself.

A statement from DMK headquarters said a section of people who constantly attempt to create rift between senior leaders had "unsuccessfully conspired to" see the exit of Khushboo.

Disappointed over their failure to see her way out, they had attacked her house and even "intimidated her children," it said.

"Even after this, angry that she had not been expelled from the party, they had issued wrong reports in evening (vernacular) dailies that DMK was going to remove her from the party," it said.

DMK will find out who were behind the "barbaric" attacks on her and "take action in line with party rules," the statement added.

None should issue unilateral statements on this issue and they are being "warned forthwith" to stop doing so, it said.

Khushboo faced flak for her reported remarks that mere statement by the DMK patriarch would not ensure Stalin's elevation as the next party chief as it is the decision-making bodies in DMK which will take a call on such matters.

Footwears were hurled at her in Tiruchirappalli on Thursday by persons who shouted slogans saying she was "anti-DMK and anti-Stalin," while her house in Chennai was stoned.

She has said her statement was misinterpreted and that she was loyal to the party and its leaders.

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