TIRUCHY: Perhaps the happiest place in the country on Thursday was Raja’s native Velur, a non-descript village 10 km from Perambalur. Raja’s ancestral house on Ambedkar Street was filled with his relatives and neighbours, who were glued to the television screen catching all the developments in New Delhi.
About 15 men and women gathered at the house around 9.30 am and were monitoring developments. Once news of his acquittal emerged, there were a loud cheer and pro-Raja slogans were raised. People rushed to the street to burst crackers to celebrate.
Youth in the village believe the case was foisted against Raja because he is from the Dalit community. Tamil Selvan, a relative, said, “The case was foisted against Raja with an intention to remove him from politics and also a larger plan to eradicate the DMK. But now, justice has triumphed.” He added, “When he resigned as minister and was arrested, we watched it on TV with heavy hearts. Now, watching his acquittal, we are filled with happiness. When Raja visits the village in a few days, we would arrange a grand welcome.”
Karuppusamy (58), another relative, said, “None can suppress justice permanently. Right from day one, when the allegation was levelled against Raja, we stood by him because we knew truth was with him.” DMK supporters in surrounding villages also burst crackers to celebrate.