Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi called for 'Black Protest' on Friday in Chennai, alleging misrule in the state of Tamil Nadu under Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and a rise in the rate of crime in the state.
Karunanidhi and his party members wore black outfits as a mark of protest against Jayalalithaa's 'anti-people policies'.
"People of Tamil Nadu are being tortured under the regime of Jayalalithaa. People are extremely troubled by the prevailing situation. Crime has increased in the past few months. If the state is not saved from this misrule, there is going to be anarchy. We are trying to save the state from this situation," he said.
According to media reports, Karunanidhi had announced that he would no longer be seen in a white shirt and yellow shawl, which is his trademark. Instead, he will wear black shirts.
Karunanidhi had originally called for a human chain of party workers, all dressed in black, to protest against the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's (AIADMK) alleged misdeeds.
Police, however, denied permission and the DMK later decided to change it to a door-to-door pamphlet distribution campaign.
The DMK protest comes at a time when the police filed fresh cases of land grab and illegal mining against senior leaders and Karunanidhi's grandson Durai Dayanidhi.
Dayanidhi has been absconding for more than a month after a firm closely linked to him was accused of illegal mining near the temple town of Madurai in Tamil Nadu. (ANI)