His campaign bus has a signage denouncing Sen. Elizabeth Warren as â€œFake Indian.â€
Shiva Ayyadurai, who is running for the US Senate from Massachusetts, has sued Cambridge city officials for sending him a notice to remove his campaign signs that called his Democratic opponent Sen. Elizabeth Warren a â€œfake Indian.â€
The Indian American entrepreneur and scientist, a staunch critic of the incumbent senator, has been attacking Warren for claiming Native American ancestry. He and GOP critics of Warren say the senator lied about her Native American heritage for securing jobs, including one as a Harvard law professor. Claiming that he is a real Indian from India, Ayyadurai terms Warren as a â€œfake Indian.â€
On Sunday, he filed a suit against the City of Cambridge alleging that by asking him to take down the signage, the city is encroaching upon his constitutional right to free speech.
Ayyadurai has a campaign bus with photos of himself and Warren with words juxtaposed saying â€œOnly a REAL Indian Can Defeat the Fake Indian.â€
According to Fox News, the vehicle has been stationed for more than a month next to a building owned by Ayyadurai which also happens to be in the neighbourhood of Warren.
The Cambridge building inspector Branden Vigneault had earlier this month issued Ayyadurai a notice asking him to remove the inappropriate signage from the vicinity as it lacked prior â€œapprovals and permits.â€
The Ayyadurai campaign said that the building inspector threatened to fine $300 per day and additional legal proceedings if the signs are not removed within a stipulated period.
â€œWe will not remove the slogan from our bus,â€ Ayyadurai told The Washington Times. â€œWe will defend the First Amendment, and we will fight this egregious attack on the First Amendment, at any cost.â€
His campaign managers have told the media that building regulations donâ€™t apply to the current circumstance as the signage is on a bus.
Ayyadurai, who born in Mumbai, came to the United States when he was seven. He rose to fame after he claimed that he invented email at the age of 14 as a Research Fellow at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Science at NYU.Â He registered the copyright for his software, called â€˜EMAILâ€™ and the programâ€™s user documentation in 1982.