As we bid adieu to 2018, we look back at some of those statements made by Tamil Nadu politicians that made the nation stand up and take notice
As we ring in the New Year 2019, Tamil Nadu looks back at 2018 to realise what an eventful year it was - from DMK chief M Karunanidhi's death to cyclone Gaja and more.
However, controversies have played quite a dominant role with politicians speaking their minds, often not knowing if they did have one.
Here is a list of top-five controversial statements made by Tamil Nadu politicians that raked up a storm in 2018.
In March, Tamil Nadu health minister Vijaya Bhaskar was asked a question by a journalist. To which, he replied, "Your spectacles are beautiful. You are beautiful." He made the remark in a bid to avoid political questions.
S Ve Shekher
In April, actor-politician S Ve Shekher took to Facebook and said that women journalists sleep around to accomplish their tasks, and hence shouldn't complain about a casual touch. The journalist had complained about the Governor Banwarilal Purohit patting her cheek without her consent.
In September, BJP leader H Raja was seen arguing with two police officers when they stopped his Ganesh Chaturthi procession in Meyyapuram village, Pudukottai district, Tamil Nadu. He addressed the cops as "anti-Hindu" and "highly corrupt".
In September, actor-politician Karunas claimed that despite hailing from the 'Thevar' community, he stood loyal to Sasikala while many from his community owed their allegiance to O Panneerselvam and Edappadi Palaniswami. He was later arrested by the Chennai Police.
In December, Tamil Nadu school education minister KA Sengottaiyan courted controversy while answering a question on banning rings, anklets and flowers in schools. He said anklets made boys “lose concentration”.
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Last Updated 31, Dec 2018, 3:49 PM